Slip and fall accidents can result in sprains, cuts, contusions, broken bones, and head injuries. This type of personal injury case is often misunderstood, so it’s important to make sure you have the correct facts if you’ve suffered injuries in a recent slip and fall accident.
Myth #1: If You Feel Fine After a Fall, You Don't Need to See a Doctor
After a slip and fall accident, you should always be evaluated by a medical professional. Even if you feel fine at first, injuries may show up at a later date. Head injuries often create minor initial symptoms but can have very serious consequences if left untreated.
Myth #2: The Property Owner Is Always Required to Pay Your Expenses
Property owners are only responsible for injuries caused by their negligence. If your fall is due to recently mopped floors that were not properly marked as being slippery when wet, the owner can be seen as negligent. If your injuries are due to running through an area clearly marked as dangerous, the property owner is not at fault.
Myth #3: Suing for Slip and Fall Damages Makes You Greedy
We often hear people complaining about how frivolous lawsuits are on the rise, but a slip and fall claim can result in serious injuries. If your slip and fall was caused by the property owner’s negligence, you shouldn’t be stuck bearing the burden of medical expenses and lost wages.
Myth #4: A Quick Settlement Is Best for Both Parties
It’s true that most personal injury cases, including slip and fall claims, are settled out of court. However, this doesn't mean that a quick settlement is in your best interests. If you are offered a settlement shortly after your injury, the insurer is probably trying to take advantage of your anxiety about medical expenses and lost wages to force you into a settlement that is less than what you truly deserve.
Myth #5: You Don’t Need an Attorney
The property owner is likely to have an experienced legal team working to protect his or her interests. Protect your right to a fair settlement by hiring a personal injury attorney committed to advocating for the rights of slip and fall accident victims. Call today to schedule a free, no-obligation case review with Grady J. Flattmann, Attorneys at Law, LLC.