I always assumed that personal injury cases where pretty straight forward. After being in an accident, any financial losses that you suffered would be reimbursed by the liable party's insurance company. Unfortunately, things only work this way in a perfect world. In the real world, personal injury cases are extremely complex and getting the insurance company to pay a fair settlement requires the expertise of an experienced injury lawyer. Unfortunately, it took me several months to finally seek out the legal assistance I needed. As a result, I waited much longer than necessary to get the compensation I so desperately needed. During this time, I learned more about personal injury law than I ever thought I would. It is my hope that this blog will allow me to share that knowledge with you so that you can avoid making some of the same mistakes that I did.
If you are consulting with a slip and fall lawyer or trying to choose one, you might be wondering how they're going to approach your case. You might be surprised by some of the things that they say and the questions they might ask. Here are some explanations of why these legal professionals can get so "intense" when they're trying to build a slip and fall case.
When Did It Happen?
Your slip and fall lawyer might ask you when an accident happened and not be satisfied with the hour that it occurred: they'll want it down to the minute.
It might seem uptight or unnecessary, but pinpointing the time of an accident can do a lot for a case. As in other types of legal cases, 15 minutes can make a lot of difference. It can be the difference between documenting a known leak or problem with a floor surface, or leaving a question about whether the slip happened because of that leak. It can also have other big impacts on the case, so it's really a fair question and not just nitpicking.
What Was the Viscosity of the Substance?
Don't make fun of your slip and fall lawyer for trying to be a chemist. When the lawyer asks about the particular texture or viscosity of the substance, it can have a lot to do with how negligent the business or another party was. It can help prove a danger that existed in a facility where somebody fell. Whether something was tacky rather than, say, the consistency of oil, could be a big detail, so again, it's fair game for the slip and fall consultation.
Where Did the Fall Happen?
When it comes to the actual location of the accident, you might think that the lawyer's ending up in the same types of situations you see on NFL replays, where officials are scrutinizing the player's left or right foot in relation to the field lines. But whether somebody fell at the back of an aisle or hallway, or slightly forward, can also mean a lot in the context of the case, so this type of official monitoring can be abundantly necessary.
Who Was Around?
When you fell, was the manager of the store around? Did he or she look at you? Did somebody come in halfway through the fall? Or were you completely alone? These can also be relevant questions in a slip and fall case, so answer in detail, and remember, your lawyer is not suffering from OCD -- he or she is thoroughly trained to get you the compensation and justice that you need after an accident.
For more information, contact a firm like Clearfield & Kofsky.Share