When a slip and fall injury is serious, you will need to consult with an experienced Austin slip and fall lawyer as soon as possible. Sometimes tripping can be a minor, slightly embarrassing event. You might be able to brush it off and laugh about it later. Other times, it can cause some pretty significant injuries that will affect your life. When you are involved in a slip and fall that results in injuries, please do not hesitate to call our office today for a free consultation. We will get started on your case right away to make sure that you are set to get the compensation you need and deserve. We will not settle for less than that.
Types of Slip and Fall Injuries
If you think about slipping and falling, most people can get up and walk away with a bruise or two and be just fine. If you’re here, you probably did not get off so easily. There are a few different types of injuries you can get from tripping or slipping. They include:
- Broken bones and fractures
- Spinal cord injury
- Injury to soft tissue
It is possible that some of the damage you have had will be permanent and that will be taken into account when your attorney comes up with a number to ask the liable party’s insurance company for.
Essential First Steps for a Good Case
After the incident, there are two things that need to be done right away. Odds are your injuries won’t be life-threatening, but if they are, you need to get to the emergency room immediately. Otherwise, you can wait to get to the urgent care or your primary doctor long enough to collect some evidence from the scene. The most important thing to do is get photos of what caused your slip and fall. If you were at a grocery store and you slipping in a spill, get a photo of that. If you were at a friend’s house and they have a driveway that was uneven and you tripped on that, get a photo. To utilize this evidence in the best way possible, you should hire an experienced Austin slip and fall lawyer right away.
How to Get Full Compensation
Texas is a modified comparative negligence state which has to do with how you can get compensation and what would need to happen to get you barred from compensation. Modified comparative negligence means that you have the potential to have your award reduced or completely eliminated depending on if you are deemed at fault for the slip and fall. If you have been deemed 50% or more at fault, then you will no longer be eligible for compensation. If you are 0% at fault, you will be getting the full award of your compensation. When you have partial fault for an accident, your award will be reduced. For example, if you are found to be 10% at fault for your slip and fall for whatever reason, your award will be reduced by that percent. Let’s say you were awarded $50,000 and have that 10% of fault. You would be eligible for $45,0000 of that award.
Statute of Limitations
If you slip and fall today, according to Texas law, you would have two years from today to either bring your claim or settle it in civil court. This might seem like a really long time, but these cases don’t settle overnight. There is a lot to do with your attorney and having ample amount of time to get your case strong will only be a benefit to you. If you miss this time limit, you will lose your right to compensation completely. Do not delay after the accident to contact an Austin slip and fall lawyer to make sure you are well-prepared way before your statute of limitations runs out.
Liable Party’s Insurance Company
After the accident, you may be feeling hesitant to take legal action especially if you fell at a friend’s house. What you should know about slip and fall claims is that you are not suing your friend. You are not demanding they pay for your medical bills and lost wages out of their own pockets. You are asking their insurance company to pay your damages. You should never feel guilty for pursuing a claim. You should feel wary about the insurance company, though. They are not looking out for your best interests. Their goal is to keep you from getting the compensation you deserve. They will do this by asking you for a recorded statement and ask you questions that are framed in a way to make you seem like the liable party in this event. You can tell them that any questions can be asked through your attorney.
Call Our Office Today
If you are looking for an experienced Austin slip and fall lawyer to take on your case and lead you to victory, please call Daniel Smith today for a free initial consultation. We will sit down with you and go over the details of the case from start to finish, let you know what your legal options are, and advice you on how to proceed. Do not hesitate to reach out to us today to get the ball rolling on your slip and fall case.