Thursday, December 31, 2015
Frequently Asked Questions About Clearwater Slips, Trips, and Falls
Slip and fall accidents are among the most common way that people hurt themselves in the Clearwater area. While people may believe that slip, trips, and falls are minor incidents that rarely result in serious injury, these kinds of types of accidents are actually responsible for nearly 9 million emergency department visits every year, according to the National Safety Council1 (NSC). Many people who are hurt in slip and fall accidents are entitled to compensation under Florida law.2 As a result, victims should be certain to speak with an attorney as soon as they can. Below are answers to some of the questions that are frequently asked by our clients. For specific information regarding your case, call the Dolman Law Group today at 727-451-6900.
Will I be able to obtain compensation for my losses?
Whether you will be able to recover compensation for your depends on whether you can establish that your accident was caused by someone else’s negligence. Examples of the kinds of negligence on the part of property owners that can cause a serious accident include exposed electrical wiring, inadequate lighting, cracked pavement, accumulations of snow or ice, stairs without handrails, inappropriate flooring materials, liquid spills, and others. Determining whether these or other hazardous conditions that existed on a piece of property can often involve an extremely fact-specific legal analysis, so it is important to have your case reviewed by an attorney.
Should I see a physician even though I feel okay?
Many slip and fall accidents result in injuries that do not require emergency medical treatment. In many cases, people who are hurt after slipping and falling simply put their injury on ice or use other kinds of self-care to manage their injury. While it is very likely that in many of these cases this type of care will be sufficient, from a legal perspective, it is important to see a physician after an accident. Doing so will maximize your chances of recovery and the amount any settlement or award that you may receive.
When you see a physician, he or she will thoroughly examine your injuries and determine their severity. In addition, he or she will prescribe a course of treatment that may involve medication or rehabilitative care, or both. Finally, an official record that connects your injuries to the slip and fall accident in which you were involved will be created.
Can I afford an attorney?
After a slip and fall accident, you may believe that the business or property owner should be held liable for your losses, but you may not know how to go about seeking compensation. You also may be hesitant to contact an attorney because you are concerned about the cost of legal representation. Fortunately, at the Dolman Law Group, we handle all personal injury cases on a contingency fee basis. This means the following:
· All consultations and meetings are free.
· We initially cover the costs of your case including court fees and other litigation expenses.
· We only receive legal fees and reimbursement for expenses if you are able to obtain financial recovery in your case.
· Our legal fees will be an agreed-upon percentage of your recovery that comes right out of your settlement or award.
This payment arrangement means that clients do not have to pay anything out of pocket and, therefore, all injured slip and fall victims can afford an attorney.
People who are injured in slip and fall accidents can often recover financial compensation for the losses they incur. The kinds of losses that are often recoverable in cases arising from slips, trips, and falls include medical expenses, lost income, loss of quality of life, and physical and emotional pain and suffering, as well as others. For this reason, it is important for anyone who has been injured in an accident involving a slip and fall to have their case reviewed by an experienced lawyer. To schedule a free consultation with one of our Clearwater personal injury lawyers, call the Dolman Law Group today at 727-451-6900 or send us an email through our online contact form.
Dolman Law Group
800 North Belcher Road
Clearwater, FL 33765