A slip and fall accident can require expensive medical treatment and result in crippling amounts of lost wages. Some victims are permanently disabled and even lose their jobs. If you have been injured in a slip and fall accident, you should reach out to a Chicago personal injury lawyer who understands how to maximize your recovery for a slip and fall case.
There are numerous myths about slip and fall accidents. These range from people who think that they cannot recover damages because they fell (even though the unsafe condition was caused by someone else) to people who think that certain types of entities (such as the state) can never be sued. Here are five of the most common myths about slip and fall cases.
Myth # 1 – People Who File Lawsuits for Slip and Fall Injuries are Greedy
While a few people may occasionally file nonsense lawsuits to try and shakedown settlements from defendants, the vast majority of slip and fall lawsuits are filed by people who suffered injuries because of a condition on someone else’s property. These injuries can require expensive medical care, and often result in days, weeks, months, or even years of missed work. People asking a property owner to compensate them for losses that they suffered because of a dangerous condition on the property owner’s property is not greedy.
Myth # 2 – If the Property Owner Claims he is “broke”, you cannot recover any money
Many times, when a person contacts a property owner after being injured by a dangerous condition on their property, the property owner claims that he or she has no money. This is rarely true—property costs money! Of course, it is difficult for an injured person to know for sure whether the property owner is telling the truth, but that is where a personal injury attorney can help. We track down assets on a regular basis. In addition, most property owners have insurance, which will cover injuries sustained on their properties.
Myth # 3 – You should take a quick settlement if it is offered
Often, when a person is injured on their property, a property owner will generally quickly offer a small settlement. “Here is a few hundred $$$ for your trouble; just sign this release, and I’ll hand you some cash.” While there is nothing wrong with settling a case, the vast majority of people who are injured in a slip and fall have no idea how much their case is worth. How much will their medical bills be? How much in lost wages? How much will your future medical expenses cost you? Will you miss more work? Are any of your injuries permanent? Will you continue to be in pain after the injuries have healed? Until you understand the entirety of your situation, you should not settle, because once the release is signed, you usually cannot go back and claim that you are owed more.
Myth # 4 – It is easy to tell if you have sustained major injuries in a slip and fall accident
While it is true that in many cases, a serious injury is immediately apparent, in other cases, it can take weeks or even months for a serious injury to be diagnosed. For example, what is initially diagnosed as a bump on the head may turn out to be a concussion, or an even more significant brain injury. This is one reason why property owners and their insurance companies are often in a hurry to get a quick settlement done. It is also why you should also seek immediate medical attention if you are injured, and consult with your attorney before accepting any settlement offer that is made.
Myth # 5 – If you are injured due to a slip and fall, the property owner must compensate you
This is one of the most common and costly myths regarding slip and fall accidents. However, the reality is that if you are injured in a slip and fall accident, the burden is on you to prove that the injuries were as a result of the property owner’s negligence. A personal injury attorney can be vital in helping you prove your injury claim.
Thanks to our friends and co-contributors at The Law Offices of Konrad Sherinian, LLC for their added insight into slip and fall related personal injury claims.