How Slip and Fall Cases Work
To win a slip and fall case you must prove three things.
First, you must prove someone was negligent. Typically this would be the owner of the property where you got injured. The property owner has what’s called a “duty of care” to address hazards on their property, or to post warnings so people can avoid those hazards. This work must be done in a timely fashion.
Second, you must prove you were injured by this negligence, and third, you must prove that your fall was the direct result of that hazard.
This is harder than it sounds. In fact, property owners have all sorts of defenses they can use to try to avoid responsibility. For example, they can say that they didn’t have enough time to find out about the hazard. They can also say you knew about the hazard and interacted with it anyway, thus becoming responsible for your own accident.
The one thing they won’t do is pay up without a fight. The property insurance companies who are responsible for paying these claims will do everything they can do to win. At best, they may present you with a low-ball offer that won’t begin to cover your expenses.
That’s why you need a competent slip and fall lawyer to help you with your case. We can help you negotiate for more money than you’d get on your own, or we can help by pursuing the case in court, presenting the facts of the matter and holding the negligent party accountable.