The answer is YES. A lot of law firms shy away from slip and fall cases because often they are difficult to prove. In our office, we welcome those cases and just this Wednesday, our Philadelphia office was able to recover for one of our clients well in excess of a million dollars in a slip and fall case. The elements that have to be present in order for you to receive a recovery are:
1. It must be someone’s fault that caused you to fall, for example, uneven pavement, wet and slippery flooring inside the premises, accumulation of snow or ice, improper steps, failure for the building to comply with building codes, a construction defect, and there are many others. Our Philadelphia attorneys would be able to determine if you have a case very quickly. The first thing we recommend is to make sure that you have a photograph of the defect. We also have investigators on staff that would be happy to go with you to the scene of the incident and take all of the appropriate pictures. But I can’t emphasize enough the importance of you being an active participant and at least to have taken preliminary photographs.
2. It is crucial when you go to your doctor or the emergency room after you fall to properly articulate what caused you to come for that visit. Oftentimes people that experience pain are concerned about the pain and forget to mention that it happened as a result of the fall or neglect to explain how the injury occurred. The insurance companies are notorious for trying to avoid payment based on the fact that the injured person did not make a proper reporting. If the fall occurs in a public place, I recommend that you make a report immediately to a member of the staff of the establishment where the fall occurred. And if there is a defect that you are aware of that caused you to fall, I suggest that you point out the defect to a person taking the report. Ask to review the report and if it is possible, request a copy of the report to take with you. I further recommend that you seek immediate medical attention for the injuries that you sustained. I also suggest that you call our law firm or any other lawyer as soon as possible so that an investigation can be done while the evidence is recent and easy to come by. Normally, the process of settlement occurs after your treatment is completed so that we do not miss a compensation for any of your injuries.
Our attorneys work on a contingency fee basis, which means that if we do not obtain a recovery for you, you will not be charged with any costs or fees. The first consultation in a slip and fall case is free. We will also gladly give you a second opinion free of charge on your slip and fall case. We handle cases in many jurisdictions in the United States.
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By Marina Kats, A Car Accident Lawyer Philadelphia Residents Can Trust
Besides having a great Philadelphia lawyer (and I hope you choose our firm), there are certain elements that need to be met in order to receive a recovery for the injuries that you sustained in a motor vehicle accident.
- You cannot be at fault for the accident. The way to determine fault is to either consult an attorney or read the motor vehicle statutes of your particular state. It is perfectly clear that someone stopped at a light, waiting for the light to change from red to green, and being hit in the rear by another vehicle, is not at fault for the collision. It is also clear that if someone has the right of way and collides with another vehicle that came out from a side street, or made a left-hand turn in front of the vehicle which has the right of way, is not at fault. There are many other cases where the situation is not as clear and the first thing your lawyer should review is the police report.
- The second thing that is required in order to receive a monetary compensation is your injuries. The injured person receives compensation proportionate to the injuries sustained. Additionally, you will need a doctor’s report that causally relates your injuries to the car accident or other motor vehicle accident. You will bring the claim against the insurance company for the person who caused the collision and based on your injuries, you should receive an appropriate recovery. The only factor that may negatively effect whether you recover or not for noneconomic loss as a result of the injury is your selection of the tort option on your own insurance policy. If you choose limited tort on your insurance policy (and we recommend never to select limited tort), you may lose the right to recover for your injuries if they are not serious or permanent. However, it is for you and your attorney to determine your qualifications.
In our Philadelphia law firm, we firmly believe that if you are injured in a car accident and it is not your fault, we will do everything we can to make sure that you receive a fair and adequate recovery. We work on a contingency fee basis, which means that if we do not obtain a recovery for you, you will not be charged with any costs or fees. The first consultation in an automobile accident case is free. We will also gladly give you a second opinion free of charge on your case. We handle cases in many jurisdictions in the United States.
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