Why Slip and Fall Cases Are Difficult to Win

Suppose a slip-and-fall accident leaves you with broken bones. If the property owner knew about the dangerous condition that caused your injuries, he or she should pay damages in most cases. That’s the law. Simple, right?

Unfortunately, many factors make slip and fall cases hard to win. Getting fast compensation from the negligent party can be difficult, especially without assistance from a personal injury attorney. In the worst-case scenario, you are never compensated for your injuries.

You can rely on our aggressive method of tackling slip-and-fall accidents. At Gould Injury Law, we pursue fast and effective results. We’ve built up a long record of success with such cases, but why does our experience matter? In short, each phase of a slip and fall case can be tricky.

Establishing Liability for a Slip-and-Fall Accident

Any slip-and-fall could range from minor to severe. For instance, falls are the second-leading cause of death and the foremost cause of traumatic brain injury worldwide.

The losses and suffering sustained may be extreme. No matter the case, a personal injury claim must show which party is liable to pay damages.

For instance, you could hold the property owner responsible for a slip-and-fall accident on his or her premises. Yet, that doesn’t necessarily mean you can sue someone for your injuries every time you slip and fall.

A slip and fall case must meet at least one of the following criteria to hold up in court:

  • Property owners (or a representative) caused the hazardous condition that resulted in serious injuries
  • The premises owner knew of (or should have known of) a dangerous condition but failed to correct it
  • The owner gave no warning about a known risk (e.g. wet floor signage, electrical shock hazards, or other dangerous conditions)

Along with establishing liability, you must provide sufficient proof that the property owner or manager’s negligent actions caused your injuries. But how?

Our legal team can explain more about liability during your free consultation. This discussion with you has to be our first step in taking on your case. And when you do retain our services, we can then move forward with finding evidence.

Finding Evidence for a Slip and Fall Case

You suffered injuries in a slip-and-fall accident. Of course, you want to ensure the liable party is held responsible. Yet, you must prove someone else’s negligence contributed to the accident to qualify for a fall claim.

The challenge of finding such evidence makes slip and fall cases hard to win. To illustrate, a car accident lawyer could access information by:

  • Obtaining police reports
  • Collecting witness statements
  • Reviewing video footage from CCTV and dashcams
  • Examining mileage reports and trucking logs

In contrast, many slip-and-fall accidents occur in private homes. Sometimes, the property owner denies knowledge of the hazard. How will the accident victim prove negligence in this unfortunate situation?

If you are still at the scene, you must act fast to document your slip-and-fall accident case:

  1. Seek medical attention right away
  2. Call emergency services if necessary
  3. Record a video or take pictures of anything relevant to the accident (e.g. crumbling stairs, safety hazards, slip and fall injuries)
  4. Exchange contact information with witnesses
  5. Keep receipts of all accident-related costs incurred during your recovery
  6. Write down your experience in as much detail as possible
  7. Consult with a slip and fall attorney as soon as possible

An experienced personal injury lawyer can help you find the proof to build your slip and fall case. The more solid your facts, the more likely you can recover monetary compensation.

At Gould Injury Law, we reinforce our slip and fall claims by conducting fast and thorough investigations. Slip and fall cases are challenging, but we have the resources to pursue a successful outcome.

Meeting Deadlines Regarding Slip-and-Fall Accidents

As in all other states, Connecticut sets a time limit on how long you have to file a slip-and-fall accident claim. The personal injury lawyers of Gould Injury Law work fast to meet deadlines.

Are you wondering what would happen if you delayed too long after your slip-and-fall accident? Your time to act starts the day the incident occurred or when you became aware of your injuries. Once the clock runs down, you cannot recoup your medical and financial losses.

Why lose out on your fair compensation? Even if some time has passed, you could still be eligible to file a personal injury claim or lawsuit. There’s one easy way to find out.

Come talk to us at Gould Injury Law. Our slip and fall lawyers can calculate how long you have left and take fast action to recover damages on your behalf. During your free consultation, feel free to ask about the deadlines that apply to your circumstances.

Maximizing Financial Compensation

The defendant’s lawyer will likely try to minimize what the client is held liable for, but we believe you should get every penny due – and fast.

A premises liability lawsuit can help you recover economic and non-economic damages, such as:

  • Medical bills
  • Temporary or permanent disability income
  • Funeral expenses for fatal slip and fall cases
  • Compensation for emotional trauma
  • Other financial losses related to the slip-and-fall accident

What if an insurer seems fast to offer a settlement? You should be wary. Insurance companies need to turn a profit, even if it means you don’t get what you deserve.

An experienced attorney knows that if an insurance company said the defendant owed a specific amount, you don’t have to take its word for it. Personal injury cases are unique. After conducting a thorough investigation, our slip and fall attorneys can tell you what your own case is worth.

Rising to the Challenge

Slip-and-fall accidents can cause injuries that leave you suffering for a long time. The high cost of medical treatment and other financial losses can threaten your physical well-being and peace of mind.

The purpose of the legal system is to resolve these issues for you. True, slip-and-fall accidents are not easy to win. However, the benefits are undeniable.

A successful slip and fall lawsuit can lift you out of debt, putting your future back on track. In other words, you don’t have to struggle alone. A personal injury lawyer can help you overcome the obstacles of slip and fall cases.

Tell your legal representative about your accident. He or she can inform you how to seek compensation for your injuries by means of a slip and fall claim.

Fall accident cases can be successful, so don’t lose hope. With a competent law firm like Gould Injury Law fighting for justice on your behalf, you could achieve more than you expect – and faster, too. Call us at (888) WIN-FAST if you would like to take advantage of a free consultation.