William W. Hurst
Law Office of William W. Hurst, LLC
50 S. Meridian St., Suite 600, Indianapolis, IN 46204
Slip and fall accidents are one of the most common sources of accidental injury in the Indianapolis. While they are common, many victims have some fundamental misconceptions about them—some of which can get in the way of victims recovering the compensation they deserve. Here are 3 things that many people don’t know about slip and fall accidents and victims’ rights. For more information or to discuss your specific case, call us today to speak with an Indianapolis personal injury attorney.
Many people are surprised to learn that slip and fall accidents are capable of causing extremely serious injuries. After all, almost all of us have fallen down at some point and moved on with our lives with little more than perhaps a bruise and a red face from embarrassment. Some slip and falls, however, can result in broken bones, concussions, dislocated joints, or even spinal cord injuries.
The iconic image of a slip and fall accident in most people’s minds involves a banana peel at the grocery store or in a restaurant. In reality, these accidents can occur literally anywhere people walk, including sidewalks, parking lots, shopping malls, department stores, or even your neighbor’s driveway. Fortunately for victims, when they are the result of the negligence of the party responsible for the maintenance of the property, they can often recover compensation.
Slip and fall cases are often resolved through a settlement agreement between the at-fault party’s insurance company and the victim. If the insurance company has made you a settlement offer, it may be tempting to simply accept it and move on with your life. It is important to understand, however, that insurance companies often take advantage of unrepresented victims and offer them much less than the cost of their injuries.
It may seem counterintuitive to retain an attorney when your case is not going to court but, in many cases, the representation of a lawyer will result in substantially more compensation than you would receive if you represented yourself. An attorney will gather and present evidence of your losses—both economic and non-economic—in a way to which the insurance company will be responsive. In addition, if the insurance company does not eventually make an offer that covers your losses, your lawyer will likely file a lawsuit on your behalf.
If you have been injured in a slip and fall accident or any other type of incident that you believe was caused by someone else’s negligence, you should speak to an experienced lawyer as soon as you can. We will evaluate your case at no cost to you and let you know whether you have a legal claim. With our no-recovery no-fee guarantee, you will never have to pay us for legal representation unless we obtain a settlement or award on your behalf. To schedule your free case evaluation, contact us online or call our office today at (317) 636-0808.
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