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Every year, millions of Americans end up in the emergency room because of falls. These injuries can happen instantly, and they can leave a lasting impact through the necessary medical care and rehabilitation. Some fall victims do not ever fully recover from their injuries. When someone else was to blame for your fall, they can be made to pay for your injuries.
Winning a slip-and-fall may be challenging, but it is possible when you take quick and strong legal action. Personal injury laws mean that a defendant would be responsible when their carelessness and inattention to detail were the cause of your injury. Then, their insurance company (or the defendant themselves) would need to write a check for your injuries.
Slip-and-fall accidents can happen anywhere and anyplace once you leave your home. Everywhere you go, you put a certain amount of trust in someone who you have never met to take the right level of care to protect you. However, not everyone takes their legal obligations seriously. They may be trying to cut corners, or they could be just plain lazy.
Slip-and-fall accidents can have several causes, including:
While a slip-and-fall sounds routine, the injuries that your fall can cause are anything but routine. Accident victims can suffer the following injuries:
Falls can cause lasting and permanent injuries. In some cases, the victim may die from their injuries.
The common theme in each of these cases is that someone owes you a duty of care to act reasonably under the circumstances.
The property owner does not guarantee the absolute safety of everyone who sets foot on their property, even if they invite you onto it. They assume a legal obligation, but the scope of that obligation is to act reasonably. Here are some ways that you would prove that the property owner acted unreasonably:
In many cases, you are trying to prove what the property owner actually knew or should have known because they obviously did nothing to fix the dangerous condition that caused your injury.
The insurance company does not make it easy for you to get money for your slip-and-fall injuries. In fact, it is just the opposite. They take advantage of the fact that falls are common, and there may not be witnesses to deny claims or underpay your injuries.
To be in a position to receive compensation, you must have solid evidence. Otherwise, the insurance company will deny your claim. An attorney knows how to investigate your fall and obtain the proof that you need, including:
In addition, the insurance company will try to minimize your injuries, even if you prove that someone else was responsible. Falls can cause serious injuries, and a lawyer would fight to ensure you are fully paid for them. Slip-and-fall injuries could lead to damages that start at tens of thousands of dollars. Any trip to the emergency room is costly, not to mention your pain and suffering and any time you have missed from work.
In South Carolina, you have three years from the date you were injured or should have known you were injured to file a lawsuit. You would never want to wait that long because the evidence that would prove your claim would likely be gone by then.
There are two things that you need to do after your fall to put yourself in a better position to receive financial compensation:
Time is of the essence if you have suffered an injury in a Greenville slip-and-fall accident. You cannot wait to begin the legal process. The longer you wait, the harder it will be to get a settlement check. Call the lawyers at Armada Law at (833) 332-3128 or message us online to schedule your free initial consultation. We will work aggressively and diligently to pursue financial compensation on your behalf.
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Let’s face it — you have questions.
Most often, you would sue a company because they are the ones who own the property. Your lawyer would track down the property records and leases to determine the proper defendant and file the claim.
You can still receive some compensation, so long as you were not more than 50 percent to blame for the accident. Insurance companies will commonly blame the accident victim for their own fall in an attempt to save money.
Everything depends on the facts and circumstances of your case. What is certain is that the property owner cannot put their head in the sand and pretend that they did not know of a dangerous condition because they did nothing to fix it.
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