Something as simple as a slip and fall in a grocery store or on a poorly maintained sidewalk can lead to serious and potentially life-long repercussions from medical bills and loss of the ability to work. There are four common misconceptions about Philadelphia personal injury slip and fall cases to look out for if you want to protect your right to compensation.
Myth #1: Quicker Settlements Are Better
Getting money right now may seem like a better idea than waiting, but in a personal injury case that rarely holds true. Don't settle quickly without consulting a lawyer, as the full extent of your injuries may not be apparent at the time the first settlement is offered. If you require additional medical treatment later on, your settlement should reflect the full amount you are owed.
Myth #2: You Should Provide as Much Info as Possible to the Insurance Company
It's important to remember that both your insurance company and the negligent party’s insurance carrier only make money if they can deny claims. Don't ever provide a written or recorded statement to the insurance claim adjuster after a falling accident. Instead, allow a skilled slip and fall attorney to provide information on your behalf so details of the case can’t be used against you to deny the claim.
Myth #3: Doctor Visits Aren’t Necessary If You Didn’t Break a Bone
Even if your pain level seems minor, always see a doctor after a slip and fall. You may be suffering from a concussion or traumatic brain injury that might not be immediately apparent. Medical documentation also proves what caused the injury and when it occurred, as insurance companies will likely try to claim your injury happened in some earlier incident before your fall.
Myth #4: Only a Private Property Owner Can Be Held Liable
This is simply not the case, as other parties may hold responsibility for your injury. Construction crews, maintenance workers, and grocery store employees may be at fault or your slip and fall. An attorney can help you determine who bears the most fault and is most likely to pay a settlement for your injury. Additionally, slip and fall cases can be brought against government agencies like SEPTA. There are special rules on timelines for bringing a lawsuit against SEPTA, however, which is why you need an attorney to handle your case.
Find Out If You Have a Philadelphia Slip and Fall Case
Contact Gary Heslin for a consultation about your injury. The time is now to start gathering the evidence necessary to prove negligence and seek compensation for your medical expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering after a slip and fall.