The store and its insurance company will almost certainly take advantage of you if you do not have a lawyer. At first, people or companies frequently tell you they will take responsibility for things, but when it is time to write the check, their tune changes. Second, you may be entitled to more than just medical bills, and you would not know what or how much to expect without an experienced lawyer. The primary reason you need a personal injury attorney is that negligence may have been involved on the store owner’s part. They may have known about the broken stair being a tripping hazard but did nothing to fix it, not even post a warning sign.
Under the law, the property owner has a duty of care to patrons, including providing safe premises and ensuring no hazards could harm customers. If the store owner violated this duty, you may be entitled to recover more than just your costs of medical care. But without a lawyer, you do not know the types of things you are entitled to recover or a reasonable amount for a potential recovery.
Other Slip & Fall FAQs:
- A premises liability case mainly involves slip and fall accidents, right?
- Does a premises liability claim only deal with someone tripping, slipping and falling?
- I slipped and fell at the store. Why do I need a lawyer?
- I slipped on the stairs of my co-worker’s house and hit my head. The doctor says I have a concussion and need to stay in hospital for a while. Can I recover compensation for my injuries?
- If I slip in a puddle of liquid in a store, or other location, would that be considered a premises liability claim?
- What do I need to prove to be successful in a premises liability claim?
- Who is typically held responsible for a premises liability claim?