Slip and fall accidents can result in significant injuries, including 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 Nothing Is Broken or Bleeding, You Don't Need To See A Doctor
Most people are so embarrassed after a slip and fall accident that all they want to do is leave the store. Injuries may also be masked by the adrenal flowing through your body. Many people actually feel okay the day of the accident and wake up the next morning feeling like they were hit by a semi-truck. After a slip and fall accident, it is a good idea to be evaluated by a medical professional. Head injuries often create minor initial symptoms but can have very serious consequences if left untreated.
Myth #2: The Property Owner Is 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 may be found at fault. If your injuries are due to running through an area clearly marked as dangerous, the property owner may not be at fault.
Myth #3: Making A Claim 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 interest. If you are offered a settlement shortly after your injury, the insurance company may be 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 may be entitled.
Myth #5: You Don’t Need An Attorney
The property owner and their insurance company are likely to have an experienced legal team working to protect their interests. Make sure your rights are protected and that you maximize any potential settlement to which you may be entitled by hiring a personal injury attorney committed to advocating for the rights of slip and fall accident victims.
Contact us today at (985) 590-6182 for a free and confidential consultation from our office located in Covington and serving all areas of the Northshore including St. Tammany, Tangipahoa, and Washington Parish (Covington, Mandeville, Madisonville, Slidell, Hammond) and the New Orleans metro!