Slip and Fall Accidents
Slip and fall accidents are life-changing events. You are going about your day and then tragedy happens – you slip and fall because of the negligence of someone else in the blink of an eye. The slip and fall itself is only the beginning of a long process full of intricate steps to get the closure needed to move on with your life. Taking on the insurance company and learning the law are extremely intimidating tasks. Don’t go through it alone.
Here at Merck Law, LLC we dedicate our practice to injury victims. We are a team of lawyers known for not being afraid to go to trial fighting for the injured, our client. Our team has over 38 years of experience. This could be your first time considering calling an injury attorney. You may be experiencing pain and discomfort. You may be confronting unpaid and unexpected medical bills, time off of work and don’t know what to do or how to proceed. Contact us for a free consultation.
Can a Slip and Fall Lawyer Help Me?
It is a terrifying time experiencing a slip and fall incident. To gain a clear understanding of how to proceed, we recommend contacting a slip and fall lawyer. It can be helpful having someone fight for you with your trip and fall accident.
Investigating your Accident
A personal injury lawyer can assist in investigating your accident. Key evidence can disappear. Witnesses can move or change phone numbers. Memories can fade. The more information collected regarding the accident helps create a better picture of the incident. Information collected can help attribute fault and prove negligence. Investigation can include:
- Investigating the scene of the accident and recreating the accident
- Interviewing witnesses to the accident
- Taking pictures of the scene and damage to your person
- Reviewing accident reports and written statements
- Researching driving records of the parties involved
- Reviewing medical records
The law potentially allows for an injured party to pursue a negligent parties insurance for damages suffered from the incident.
Calculating Personal Injury Damages
Damages in a personal injury slip and fall case include money an injured party has lost due to an injury. Personal Injury Damages can include, but are not limited by, medical bills, prescriptions, time off from work, recovery time, and pain and suffering. Insurance policies in cases in states such as Georgia and South Carolina are available in many cases to cover the damages suffered by injured clients. Insurance companies and injured victims do not always agree on the value of the damages to the injured person. A free consultation with an attorney can assist in evaluating the damages suffered in a personal injury.
Personal Injury Demand Letter
Merck Law, LLC personal injury attorneys will draft a demand letter for our clients to the insurance company when and if applicable. Personal injury demand letters can involve statutes and case law unique to the State. Our personal injury team has experience sending hundreds of personal injury demand letters.
Negotiation with the Insurance Company
Insurance companies have a financial interest in reaching settlements as low as they can. Attorneys at Merck Law, LLC can help navigate the complexities of personal injury settlements. We have experience evaluating the fairness of an offer of settlement by an insurance company in Georgia and South Carolina.
Representing You in Court at Trial
Most slip and fall incident personal injury cases do not need to go to trial. The insurance company will typically make your attorney a fair offer on the case to reach a settlement. However, if the case does not settle, a personal injury trial attorney can fight for you in the court room.
A personal injury attorney can advise you if they think your case should go to trial. They can advise you of the trial process. Then they can file a lawsuit on your behalf. During a court trial, the lawyer will present your case to a judge or jury. Then the judge or jury will determine if you are entitled to recover and how much you are entitled to recover.
Common Causes of Slip and Fall Injuries
Many slip and falls involve some form of irresponsible behavior on the part of the at-fault party. These wrongful acts contribute to negligence. Negligent acts that contribute to and cause slip and fall incidents include:
- Failure to Inspect Premise
- Failure to Train Employees
- Failure to Follow Fire Code
- Failure to Assure Premise is Safe
Frequently slip and falls involve a business and/or store and the relevant insurance policies. The Attorneys of Merck Law, LLC are skilled at identifying contributing factors to the slip and fall. This makes it important to call a slip and fall accident attorney as soon as possible to discuss the specific facts of your case.
Common Injuries from a Slip and Fall
Any injury can result from a slip and fall. Unfortunately, these injuries can forever change your life. Here are some of these injuries:
Head and Brain Injuries
Trip and falls can cause serious head injuries. Your head can experience serious injuries especially if it makes impact with anything. Serious brain injury is one possible injury from a slip and fall. Some injuries include:
- Skull Fractures
- Traumatic Brain Injuries
- Post-Concussion Syndrome (PCS)
Broken bones can occur from a slip and fall. Bones can also fractures. Many bones can be injured in a trip and fall incident. Some bones that may be injured include:
- Fractured Face
- Broken Neck
- Fractured Skull
- Broken Vertebrae
- Broken Arm
- Broken Back
- Broken Leg
- Broken Pelvis
- Broken Rib
- Broken Hip
- Broken Hip
- Broken Ankle
- Broken Finger or Toe
Whiplash is a frequent injury from a fall. It can be extremely painful. Whiplash can last months or years. Whiplash is frequently attacked by insurance companies as not being a serious injury. Whiplash can be very serious and can drastically change your range of motion in the body part that experiences the trauma.
Neck and Back Injury
A trip and fall can cause many different neck injuries and back injuries. These injuries can greatly change someone’s life. Some of these injuries include:
- Spinal Cord Damage
- Spinal Injury
- Herniated Discs
Soft Tissue Injury
A slip and fall can cause many soft tissue injuries. Some of these include:
- Muscle Knots
Common Substances and Objects that Cause Slip and Falls
You can slip and fall on all kinds of hazards. Some of the most common objects and substances are:
- Worn Tiles
- Curled Mats
- Missing Drain covers
- Liquid on Floors
- Wet Floors
- Dusty Floors
- Loose Mats
- Curled Rugs
- Uneven Flooring
- Loose Flooring
- Trailing Cables
- Unknown Liquid
Personal Injury Statute of Limitations
How long do I have to file a personal injury claim in Georgia? A statute of limitations is a law that creates a strict time limit on an injured person’s right to file a lawsuit in civil court. When an injured person misses the statute of limitations, the defendant can use the statute of limitations as a defense against the suit. Rare exceptions do apply to extend the filing deadlines. Every case is different and every state has its own statute of limitations. It is important to contact an attorney in the jurisdiction in question for legal advice as to the statute of limitations in your state.
Do I have a Case?
If you were injured by the negligence of someone else, it is possible you may have a case. Every case is different, so it is important to get a free case evaluation to find out if your case meets the criteria. Each state has its own laws that may apply differently depending on the jurisdiction. If you have been injured by the negligence of someone else, reach out to us today for your free case evaluation.