We make important (and unimportant) decisions every single day. When we do so, we often weigh the pros and cons, think about the possible consequences or outcomes, and otherwise determine which choice we think is best. You’ll be facing just such an important decision if you’ve been hurt in a slip and fall accident that may have been the result of a property owner’s negligence: should you sue and seek compensation for your injuries?
No one wants to get injured, no one wants to be the victim of someone else’s negligent or careless conduct, and few if any of us think that being involved in a lawsuit is appealing. But you didn’t choose to fall, you didn’t choose to be in the hospital and off your feet for weeks or months, you didn’t choose to miss time from work, and you didn’t choose to receive enormous medical bills.
You do, however, have a choice about whether or not to file a lawsuit against the party that may have been responsible for your injuries and losses. Whether suing is the right choice for you depends on the circumstances of your particular case. In deciding whether to seek compensation for your injuries, consider the following:
- The seriousness of your injuries. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, over 700,000 Americans are hospitalized each year because of a fall injury. But not all slip and fall injuries are the same. While one out of five falls causes a serious injury such as a back injury or a traumatic brain injury, some falls only result in relatively minor injuries such as a sprain or bruises. Regardless of fault, how serious your slip and fall injury was will play a role in your decision about filing a lawsuit. Personal injury litigation can take months and often years to resolve. While you won’t pay anything in attorney’s fees unless your attorney recovers compensation for you, their fees as well as costs incurred will be deducted from any such recovery. If your losses were relatively minor, it simply may not be worth the time and expense of a lawsuit.
- What does your personal injury attorney have to say? The filing of a lawsuit obviously involves the law. If you don’t understand the law of premises liability or slips and falls and how that law relates to the facts surrounding your fall and your injuries, you won’t be able to make an informed choice about how to proceed. That is why you should contact an experienced slip and fall injury attorney as soon as possible after your accident. Your lawyer can evaluate your case and give you a thoughtful and honest opinion as to whether filing a lawsuit is advisable. Meeting with an attorney does not necessarily mean you will file a lawsuit, and most personal injury attorneys, including King & Beaty, offer free initial consultations. There are simply no downsides to meeting with a lawyer to discuss your case. Conversely, if you don’t discuss your situation with a lawyer or delay taking action, you could miss important filing deadlines that could prevent you from ever seeking compensation for your injuries.
Even if the last thing on your mind is filing a lawsuit, it is critically important that you contact an experienced slip and fall injury lawyer to discuss your slip and fall accident and your injuries. The sooner you contact a personal injury attorney, the sooner you can understand your rights and your options.