August 14, 2014
Slip and Fall Settlement from the Insurer
After you experience fall injuries on someone’s property, the insurer representing that individual or company may offer you a slip and fall settlement. It may be tempting just to take the slip and fall settlement and save the money you would spend on a lawyer.
The reality, however, is that slip and fall settlement offers from insurance company are often lowball offers. The insurer may be trying to get you to take less than what your claim is really worth and you could end up costing yourself a significant amount of money by not getting a lawyer to review the settlement.
Speak to an Attorney Before Accepting a Settlement
Once you accept a slip and fall settlement from an insurance company, you have to sign a waiver of liability. You cannot undo this or change your mind, even if you later find out you could have gotten more money or that your injuries and costs are actually much worse than you thought.
To protect your financial future and ensure you get the compensation you are entitled to under California law, you should always talk to a San Diego slip and fall accident lawyer before you accept a slip and fall settlement. The personal injury attorneys at Injury Trial Lawyers, APC have extensive experience helping clients to maximize compensation for fall injuries and we are here to help with your claim.
Damages Available After a Slip and Fall Accident
Slip and fall victims should be compensated for economic and compensatory damages including:
- Loss of income,
- Medical treatment costs,
- Pain and suffering, and
- Emotional distress.
Determining the value of a claim can be difficult, especially if you have serious injuries that will require lifetime care or that have permanently affected your ability to work. Valuing your slip and fall claim is also difficult because of the imprecise nature of pain and suffering damages. How do you put a dollar amount on the physical discomfort you endure?
The Insurance Company May Try To Minimize Your Compensation
Insurance companies who pay your slip and fall damages when you get hurt on someone’s property are not concerned about whether the slip and fall settlement is going to provide you with the money you need to recover from your injuries. Insurers want to protect their profits and their shareholders and will try to pay you the minimum amount of compensation they can.
Without a lawyer, it is difficult to know if a settlement offer is fair and it is hard to negotiate a better deal with the insurer unless you have a strong knowledge of slip and fall claims. Hiring a lawyer allows you to have an advocate who can represent your interests and help you to maximize the money you receive.
How an Personal Injury Attorney Can Help
A slip and fall accident attorney at Injury Trial Lawyers will not charge you legal fees unless we are able to obtain monetary compensation for you from those responsible for your fall. There is no risk to hiring a lawyer and your attorney may be able to use his legal knowledge, negotiating skills and litigating experience to get you much more money than you would have received on your own from the insurer.
To learn more and schedule a free evaluation of your case, call Injury Trial Lawyers, APC today or contact us online.
Injury Trial Lawyers, APC
1230 Columbia Street #560
San Diego, CA 92101