A Slip and Fall accident can occur to any unexpecting resident of Hyannis. Slip and falls can happen at a friend’s house, at work or when shopping at a store. A wet floor doesn’t always cause slip and fall accidents. A promotional sign placed in the middle of a walkway can just as easily lead to a fall resulting in massive injuries. Whether you slipped or tripped, there’s usually a fall followed by some form of injury. Accidents are rarely without fault. There generally blame to go around.
One party, whether it is the accident victim or the facility, generally bears some negligence. In a slip and fall accident case, the facility will usually bear some amount of negligence no matter how the accident happened.
If you suffered an injury in a slip and fall accident, don’t reach out to the insurance companies alone. At Goldberg & Weigand, LLP, our personal injury attorneys have well over 50 years of combined experience litigating slip and fall accidents in Hyannis and throughout Cape Cod & the Islands. We make sure our clients earn the most possible compensation for their injuries.
Insurance companies have no right to bully the good people of Hyannis. Goldberg & Weigand, LLP is here to advocate for you and win your case. There is never a fee until we win your case!
What to Do After a Slip and Fall Accident
Documenting your injuries is the most important thing you can do following a slip and fall accident. After your fall, if you need immediate medical care, call 911 and get an ambulance. If you are okay to transport yourself, immediately visit an emergency room or an urgent care facility. Don’t wait to make an appointment with your family doctor. You need your injuries documented right away.
Inspect the Facility You Slipped and Fell In
Though it may seem difficult at the moment, you need to determine why the fall happened. If possible, gather yourself and find out what caused your fall. Look for:
- Wet Floors
- Waxed Floors
- Objects that weren’t picked up
- Broken surfaces
- Loosely built surfaces
Take photos of the area where you fell. Close up photos as well as panoramic views are important!
Facilities should use warning signs anytime a floor has been cleaned or waxed. Every major walkway in a building should be free of obstructions and should follow the Fire Marshall’s mandated building occupancy rules. Many buildings will have the maximum occupancy posted in the building.
Do I have a Slip and Fall Case?
A Hyannis personal injury lawyer can help you tie these two factors together. When you call for a free consultation on your case, be ready to answer the following questions:
- Have you been injured?
- Did you see a Doctor?
- Can you explain what caused you to fall?
If you can answer those questions, your personal injury lawyer will determine if a slip and fall case exists. The most experienced personal injury attorneys will know where to look for and find negligence in a slip and fall case.
A personal injury lawyer’s most significant role in your case is proving to an insurer that the entity responsible for maintenance of the premises where you fell was negligent in causing your fall. Using the questions asked previously in your consultation, the attorney will build a strong case for your slip and fall claim.
Complications with Slip and Fall Cases
Keep in mind the facility, and their insurance company will not pay out what is necessary. They use the following points to try to disprove your claim:
- The victim was negligent
- Many other people have avoided tripping over an object
- The victim did not follow facility rules
- The victim ignored signs placed at the accident
An experienced personal injury lawyer will have the knowledge to guide you through these tricks. Goldberg & Weigand, LLP has seen it all in Hyannis and the Cape & Islands when it comes to Slip and Fall cases. Don’t leave your livelihood up to a rookie in your personal injury claim.
How Much is My Slip and Fall Case Worth?
Severity of your injuries and negligence are the two main factors in a slip and fall case. Most commercial facilities have some form of liability insurance, much like you have homeowners insurance. If you slip and fall in the facility with proven negligence, their insurance company will pay out the damages. So it goes without saying that neither the facility nor its’ insurer is going to cooperate in paying you the proper compensation for your injuries.
The severity of your injuries will play the most significant factor in the compensation paid out for slip and fall cases. Damages are decided by several factors. Examples are:
- Medical Bills
- Lost Wages
- Pain and Suffering
- Scarring & any other permanent injury.
- Future medicals
Your attorney will prove monetary damages through receipts and bills. The more challenging aspect your personal injury attorney faces is validating non-monetary payments like pain and suffering. An experienced personal injury will know how to win non-monetary damages from an insurer.
While very case is different, and the values of claims can vary widely, from no value to millions of dollars, an “average” slip and fall case can yield somewhere between $15,000.00 and $25,000.00. Those figures can vary dramatically depending on factors such as salary lost, medical bills, and other personal circumstances.
When Do I Need a Slip and Fall Lawyer?
A Hyannis slip and fall accident is nothing to put off. You need to contact the personal injury attorneys at Goldberg & Weigand, LLP to take on the facility’s insurance company. Fifty combined years of legal experience means Peter M. Goldberg and Blair Weigand have seen hundreds of slip and fall cases in Hyannis and Cape Cod & the Islands.
There are no tricks we haven’t seen. Our firm has a proven track record of beating insurance companies and taking care of our clients. Call our office today at 508-203-6600 for a free, confidential consultation on your slip and fall accident. There is never a fee until we win your case!