We often receive phone calls concerning slip and fall lawsuits, and a lot of clients do not know what they should be looking for. Fortunately, our slip and fall lawyers at the Downtown LA Law Group are among the best in town, and we promise to win you every penny you deserve if you file a claim.
What are common slip and fall cases?
Slip and fall accidents can happen almost anywhere. You may be injured in a slip and fall accident in the following locations:
- Grocery stores
- Apartment buildings
- Home improvement stores
- Convenience stores
- Car washes
- Government buildings
- Public property
- Construction sites
- Work sites
You can be seriously injured if you fall at any of these spots. You may suffer worse damages if you have preexisting conditions, like some kind of weakness with your bones, or if you had previously been injured in a similar way. You deserve an attorney who will handle your case with the utmost care.
How do I find the best attorney for a slip and fall case?
It is imperative that you speak with an attorney who does not rush you through a claim or try to make you sign a settlement very quickly. One of the tactics that lawyers use is telling their clients that they do not have any way to win more than what is being offered, or that the settlement offer is the best it’s going to get. The reason is simple: these attorneys do not want to put in effort, and they quickly negotiate with the insurance agency and will receive a cut of the settlement for next to no effort. When you sign off, the insurance agency won’t pay a large amount to you, but you won’t receive as much because of how much your attorney would take. This makes every party satisfied – except for you. You will not be able to pay for all the different bills and expenses, so it is crucial that you find an attorney who will strive to win you everything.
It is also important that your attorney does not keep you in the dark. Too often, lawyers will take on cases and then let them sit for a while; they will not give the necessary updates to their clients, who are left wondering about the progress or status. The longer you go without hearing from your attorney, the more concerned you should be. Generally, anything longer than two weeks with no contact indicates that something might be wrong.
You can also look at the attorney’s settlement history. Many law firms publish their history of settlements and verdicts; sometimes, the verdicts are even listed in publicly available documents. However, some settlements are confidential, and do not list the amount that was agreed upon. This generally only happens when the company or entity does not want the amount known.
Additionally, you can consider the ratings of your attorney and your law firm of choice. There are many places where attorneys are rated and ranked, and there are different groups and panels that give out awards and recognition. You should use all of these resources to find out who is the best in town.
When do slip and fall claims expire?
The statute of limitations is the time limit placed on lawsuits. Personal injury lawsuits are a specific subset of the law and each state has different deadlines. California’s laws dictate that personal injury lawsuits must be filed within 2 years of the date of the injury. If you try to sue later than that date, you will not be able to do so and your claim will be considered void. This is a huge issue, as you will suddenly not be able to pay off any debts or expenses. Generally, it is wise to take action quickly. You will then have the best preserved evidence; it will not be lost or corrupted. Memories from eyewitnesses will also be clearer and sharper.
If you talk with a lawyer, though, you may find out that you are eligible for an extension to the statute of limitations. This is possible if you were underage at the time of the accident, since minors cannot legally sue without a parent or guardian representing them. The statute of limitations will be frozen until you turn 18 years old and will then begin counting down. You also may have been left physically or mentally incapacitated (such as in a coma) and been unable to sue, which would prevent the statute from expiring. Further, it is required that the defendant be present in California, and if he has vacated the state or country, your claim will not expire. The statute will resume when he comes back.
Many slip and fall lawsuits do not get filed because victims do not know that their statutes will expire. They think they have unlimited time to sue, which is simply not the case. If you contact an attorney at our firm, we guarantee to get your lawsuit filed on time, and you will receive compensation within a few months.
How much can I win in a slip and fall lawsuit with the help of an expert lawyer?
The value of your slip and fall lawsuit will largely depend on the details of the case. Some slip and fall lawsuits may be worth more than $20,000 depending on the circumstances, but others may not result in large settlements at all. The insurance agent assigned to the case will consider a number of factors, such as the seriousness of your injuries, the impact they had on your life and career capabilities, your level of responsibility in the incident, your job type, your age, and more. He will then devise a settlement offer. Most of the time, insurance agents wait a long time before they make an offer because they want the victims to accept anything they’re given. This is a subversive tactic, and we seek to win you every dollar you deserve. We will negotiate with the agents to secure you a worthwhile settlement and will strive to win you the following:
- Medical expenses from the past and future for surgery costs, hospital stay, medication and prescriptions, physical therapy sessions, and others
- Property damage costs if any of your personal belongings, like your phone or jewelry, were lost or broke in the accident
- Lost wages from the time you were unable to work, which may be due to medical treatment, injuries, or recovery time; these wages can include benefits, bonuses, tips, commissions, and more
- Pain and suffering damages for emotional scarring, psychological stress, anxiety, fear, PTSD, and more
A skilled attorney will be able to tell you the value of your claim and will strive to win you every penny. Our goal is to bring you the maximum compensation available under the law.
What do I do if I already have a slip and fall attorney?
You may already have legal representation, but you could be dissatisfied with the way you’re treated or with the settlement that your attorney is attempting to bring you. If you want a second opinion, you can contact our firm and we will look over your case. We will tell you if we think your attorney is doing everything in his power to win your case, or if he is simply going through the motions. All second opinions are completely free.
Further, if you want to switch representation, you can do so free of charge with our firm. We do not ask you to pay any money to send records over or to redo any paperwork. Our attorneys will take on your case and ensure that you’re receiving the proper representation.
Our Firm’s Promise to You
The Downtown LA Law Group is comprised of some of the most experienced and skilled lawyers in Los Angeles. Our attorneys have been practicing for combined decades, and we know how to win slip and fall lawsuits of every variety. We are willing to go to court if we have to in order to defend your rights. We are known for being aggressive and for never giving up on any client.
For a free legal consultation, call our law offices today. We can be reached around the clock – 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. You can ask us any questions you want and we’ll tell you the answers. All consultations are totally confidential and your private details or case information will never leave our office walls.
Further, if you hire us to handle your slip and fall case, we will give you our zero fee guarantee. This means we do not ask you to pay us a dime out of pocket – we only get paid if we win your claim, and the money comes from the settlement we win for you. Otherwise, if we lose, we receive nothing at all.
If you are in search of the right attorney for your slip and fall lawsuit, contact the Downtown LA Law Group today.