After a slip and fall accident, many thoughts will run through your mind. You may feel embarrassed or blame yourself for not being careful enough. You may also feel hesitant to hire a personal injury attorney. After all, accidents happen, right?
While there’s nothing wrong with having these thoughts, the truth is, there’s a good chance you’ll suffer from long-term effects after a fall. According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), as many as 20% of falls result in serious harm – like a broken bone or a traumatic brain injury.
At Gallagher & Hagopian, we often talk to clients who are hesitant to pursue a lawsuit because they think they’re “not that kind of person.” However, in almost all cases, your dispute is with the other party’s insurance company, not with them personally. If you’ve been injured on someone else’s property, you shouldn’t have to cover the expenses on your own. A personal injury attorney can help protect your rights. Here’s how.
1. Provide Legal Advice
After a slip and fall accident occurs, you may wonder whether you’re entitled to any type of compensation. Our personal injury attorneys will listen to the details and explain your legal options.
When you visit Gallagher & Hagopian, it doesn’t cost anything to receive a consultation. Since knowledge is power, getting a professional opinion before making decisions is always a good idea.
2. Establish Negligence
To make a case, your premises liability attorney must be able to conclusively prove that your injury was caused by the property owner’s negligence. To do this, our legal team will begin gathering evidence and interviewing witnesses as soon as possible.
3. Calculate Damages
If you hope to recover compensation, you must also show that you’ve suffered damages. Our personal injury attorneys have the experience necessary to calculate both your past and present damages as well as the projected future cost.
Hiring our legal team to do this, rather than trying to do it on your own, will help ensure you ask for enough to cover your damages.
4. Negotiate a Settlement
Many injury law cases end up settling out of court. This can be advantageous, but only if you know how to negotiate a settlement. It’s common for insurance companies to offer a low-ball settlement that will only cover a fraction of your losses. Without the help of a qualified personal injury attorney, you could end up accepting an unfair settlement that is far less than your actual losses.
5. Represent You in Court
If your case doesn’t settle and you have to go to court, our personal injury attorneys will represent you. Having a professional on your side when you have to stand up in front of a judge is priceless. Unfortunately, many individuals who choose not to hire an attorney end up losing cases they otherwise might have won. Without an attorney, you’re also more likely to have your case thrown out on a technicality.
Consult with a Personal Injury Attorney Today
If you’ve been injured in a slip and fall accident, you don’t have to deal with it alone. Our personal injury attorneys will help fight for your rights, and we don’t get paid unless you get paid. Contact us today to schedule a no-cost consultation.