Complexities in a Slip and Fall Case
Many individuals feel as though when they suffer an injury due to someone else’s negligence, they can navigate legal matters on their own. However, this is not the case and there are legal complexities involved that can complicate matters. Like with any personal injury cases, there is no substitute for experience when it comes to handling the many complexities of a case. Those that aren’t aware of the many nuances that can be a part of a slip and fall case risk making mistakes that can significantly reduce the value of a settlement or even worse, lead to the claim being denied outright.
Understanding why these cases can be so difficult can make hiring a lawyer to help you an easy decision. It’s an important step that can help you navigate matters effectively. Here are some of the potential problems that you may run into when navigating a slip and fall case.
Proving Liability Doesn’t Come Easy
One of the biggest parts of a slip and fall case is showing that the landowner fully understood of the danger, knowing that it existed, and did nothing to prevent individuals, guests, and invitees from being harmed by the hazard. Landowners have a duty of care to the people invited onto their property and negligence violates this. Showing this is not always easy and may require knowledge of how long the problem existed, whether the landowner was notified of the issue and if the action they took to rectify the problem was sufficient. This is not something easily done without legal help and knowledge. An expert attorney can not only provide insight regarding the proving of a slip and fall accident but can also provide invaluable resources as well. A good attorney will have worked with numerous experts before on previous cases that can prove integral when it comes to investigating the circumstances of your accident and establishing the negligence of a party or parties liable for your injuries.
Facing the Insurance Company
Most premises liability cases are taken against the insurance company of the landowner. Whether they’re covered for renter’s insurance, homeowner’s insurance, or any other kind of property insurance, claims filed against the negligent party seek compensation from the insurance company. The insurance company is often backed by skilled legal teams looking to protect their own bottom line. They want to prevent you from paying out as much as possible, which means trying to limit their own legal liability or putting the liability on you, despite you being the victim. Insurance companies have much more experience dealing with claims than you and will know every trick in the book to use against you. They have the resources and the manpower to make sure they pay out as little as possible so it is within a claimant’s best interest to enlist the assistance of a skilled attorney. With an experienced slip and fall attorney at your side, insurance companies will know that you are to be taken seriously and that the usual tricks won’t work.
Consider Viles & Beckman as Your Slip and Fall Lawyer
At Viles & Beckman, we recognize the importance of having skilled legal advocacy on your side, making sure you understand your rights and legal options at all times. It’s very important to get someone on your side who understands Florida’s premises liability laws.
It’s important to speak with a Fort Myers premises liability lawyer from our team who can speak with you about your issues and help you determine the next steps. Trust that we’re on your side every step of the way.
Call us at (239) 334-3933 today and speak with our team about what to expect next.