If you got injured on someone else’s property, you might be looking for a good lawyer to handle your injury claim. You may also be wondering about what to look for in a slip and fall attorney.
As you begin your search, you may want to consider:
- What experience they have in representing slip and fall cases
- How long they’ve been practicing law
- How much their attorney’s fees are
- If you will work directly with the attorney or with a case manager
- How the attorney will keep you informed throughout your case
Your Slip and Fall Attorney Should Have Experience with These Claims
When you get hurt badly enough to take legal action, your future could be at stake. You might have a mountain of medical bills that you cannot pay on your own. You likely missed work and paychecks, so you might be behind on your rent or mortgage and other expenses.
If you have an ongoing impairment, like weakness, pain, or a loss of function, your life might never be the same as it was before the accident. You might need help around the house. You might not be able to work full-time anymore.
With all of these things hanging in the balance, it may not be in your best interest to work with an attorney who has not handled many slip and fall cases. You may want a lawyer who can bring decades of experience fighting for people who got hurt due to the carelessness of others.
We Can Help You Prove Your Slip and Fall Case
No matter how devastating your injuries are, your attorney will have to provide important evidence that will be needed to pursue your slip and fall claim.
We can work to demonstrate all of these elements in your case:
- You got hurt on someone else’s property. Falling on your own property is not a slip and fall claim, but you might have a case if you got hurt at someone else’s house or at a commercial property like a store—and someone else’s actions or inactions led to that injury.
- There was a dangerous condition on the premises. Let’s say that there was a large hole in the grassy median of a shopping mall’s parking lot, and the hole was not visible to people walking from their cars to the mall because of the grass. This is one example of a hazard for which a property owner may be held liable.
- The owner knew or should have known about the defect. If the property owner had reasonable time to become aware of the hazard, they will be responsible for taking action for others’ safety.
- The owner failed to take reasonable steps to correct the problem, post adequate warnings, or block off the area to prevent injuries. In our example, if no one filled in the hole and the mall did not post any warning signs or tape off the area, this could have led to an injury.
- As a result of the owner’s negligence, you got injured. If you tripped on the hazard and you got hurt, we could demonstrate a link between the owner’s negligence and your harm.
- You have measurable losses as a result of the accident. You may have had to go to the emergency room and have medical treatment after falling.
When we can prove all of these factors, we can pursue the owner for compensation.
Damages You Can Claim in Slip and Fall Claims
Your medical bills will be one component of your injury claim. We can include all of the expenses necessary to treat the injury, including the emergency room visit, hospital stays, appointments with doctors, surgery, physical therapy, crutches or wheelchair, and prescription drugs.
If you missed time from work while recuperating and your boss did not pay you the full amount of your usual wages or salary, we can include the difference in your claim. If you regularly earn other forms of income, like tips or self-employment income, those losses can get added to your total damages.
Some losses are not as easy to calculate in dollars. Disfigurement, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and pain and suffering (past and future) are a few examples of intangible items that can be compensable. The National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) says that PTSD is a common consequence of accidents. Depending on the facts of your situation, you might have additional damages that we could pursue.
The Statute of Limitations in Nevada Slip and Fall Cases
Remember that you have limited time to file a personal injury lawsuit in Nevada. According to NRS §11.190(4)(e), you have two years to do so. We recommend getting started on your case early to ensure that you keep your options open.
Our Attorneys Can And Will Fight for You in Your Slip and Fall Case
Proving slip and fall injury claims can be complicated. However, at Bernstein & Poisson, we can bring our 60 combined years of experience to work for you. We have obtained hundreds of millions of dollars for our clients and we will fight for your fair compensation.
If you want to know what to look for in a slip and fall attorney, you should seek someone who meets all of these qualifications and will fight the insurance company tooth and nail to get you the best possible outcome. You can call Bernstein & Poisson today to get started. The initial consultation is free.