A minor fall may be handled with a home first aid kit, but sometimes, a fall can cause severe or even catastrophic injuries. Emotionally and physically, the victims of these accidents are likely to struggle. Our attorneys are here to help those in this situation find a way forward.
Anyone who was injured in a slip and fall may be able to file a claim against a negligent property owner or manager. The more severe your injuries are, the more important it is to work with a strong law firm to ensure your claim is fairly handled. Strong-Garner-Bauer P.C. is experienced in helping the victims of catastrophic injuries maximize their compensation. Reach out to us if you or a loved one were injured in a slip and fall to learn what we can do for you.
Schedule a free consultation with our slip and fall attorneys today by calling (417) 855-2022. Strong-Garner-Bauer P.C. has been serving Springfield and the surrounding areas for over 45 years.
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When Is Someone Else Liable for a Slip and Fall?
Not all falls involve third-party liability. If you were simply not looking where you were going, you may have a hard time convincing a judge and jury you deserve compensation for your injury. To file a claim, you must be able to prove there was some dangerous condition that led to your fall. This could be:
- Untreated snow or ice
- Spilled liquids or other slippery substances
- A freshly mopped floor that did not have a caution sign set up on it
- A cracked or heaved sidewalk
- A stairway that was not up to code
You must also be able to prove the property owner was or should have been aware of the hazard. For example, if it snowed overnight and you visited a store when it opened the next morning, there would be no excuse for a manager to be unaware of the potential for ice on the premises. However, if someone dropped a carton of eggs in the middle of the grocery store and you stepped in the mess a minute later, it’s entirely plausible for an employee not to have seen the issue, much less had the chance to deal with it.
Providing evidence someone was aware of the dangerous condition can be tricky, depending on the circumstances of your case. We can investigate the accident by looking at surveillance cameras, talking to witnesses, and seeking other sources of proof to show your claim is valid.
How an Attorney Can Help You
If you were seriously injured in a slip and fall, you will probably see better results if you retain an experienced lawyer to represent you. Strong-Garner-Bauer P.C. can assist your claim in many ways.
Protecting You from Unfair Blame
No one wants to pay an expensive slip and fall claim, whether it’s a store owner or an insurance company. The at-fault party may fight back by trying to pin some of the blame on you. Because of our state’s comparative negligence rule, your settlement can be reduced by the percentage of fault you are found to hold.
This means a company could save thousands of dollars if they can prove you did anything to contribute to the accident, including wearing unsafe footwear, ignoring posted signs warning about the hazard, looking at your phone instead of where you were going, or parking in other potentially negligent behaviors. Our attorneys can form a strategy to fight back against these accusations, so your compensation is not unfairly reduced.
Calculating Your Damages
Another trick insurance adjusters may use to reduce a settlement is understating the expenses you’re likely to face. If you’ve been seriously injured, you may need months of initial treatment along with continued care or assistance. Your claim should include:
- Medical bills
- Future medical needs
- Lost wages
- Decreased earning capacity
- Accommodations/assistive devices
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of enjoyment of life
If you were injured in a way that will result in a lasting disability, your entire future will change. We can bring in medical and life care experts to calculate the damages you’re likely to accrue in the near and far future. With this number, you’ll know what a fair settlement looks like.
Handling Paperwork and Negotiations
Most people haven’t ever filed an injury claim in their life. The process is complex and can be frustrating, especially to anyone who is also dealing with a severe injury. You may also find yourself dealing with an insurance adjuster who wants to pay you the minimum amount possible because doing so will save their employer money. When you hire Strong-Garner-Bauer P.C., you can pass off all the hard work to a team with years of experience.
We know how to build a strong case for injury victims and leverage evidence in negotiations. Further, our team has multiple skilled litigators who can take your case to court if you don’t receive a fair settlement offer. Especially if you’ve been badly hurt, you need a lawyer who will do what it takes to help you receive the compensation you deserve.
Our Lawyers Are Ready to Help You
Our caring team knows how difficult it is to suffer a life-changing injury. Anyone in this situation deserves full support—and the chance to hold a negligent property owner accountable.
Strong-Garner-Bauer P.C. offers free, no-obligation consultations to injury victims to help them understand their rights and options. After listening to your story, we can offer caring, honest guidance to help you plan your next steps. We can also create a unique strategy to help you receive the financial compensation you deserve.
Start your slip and fall case today by calling our Springfield attorneys at (417) 855-2022. We offer comprehensive support to the victims of severe and catastrophic injuries.
For individual property owners, you are responsible for injury to parties such as:
- A newspaper or mail delivery person
- A plumber, internet technician, etc.
- A friend coming to drop off a surprise gift
Anyone who rents to tenants must be prepared for these types of visitors to any unit. They can also be held liable if renters are hurt in unsafe common areas.
Commercial property owners have an even wider range of people they are responsible for:
- Employees of a store
- Shoppers, even those who did not buy anything on the trip that led to their injury
- Delivery persons who bring mail or shipments
- Contracted service providers
While they may not be liable to cover injuries to criminals or people who visited the property when the business was closed, most anyone who steps foot on a commercial property is eligible to file a claim if they’re injured.
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