Our legal team can help you pursue the monetary recovery you deserve by filing a claim on your behalf with the appropriate insurance company and aggressively negotiating with settlement adjusters.
Next, we can assist you during all settlement negotiations and, if necessary, threaten the insurance company with litigation if they fail to compensate you fairly. If your case must go to a civil jury trial, mediation session, or binding arbitration hearing, we can represent you at those proceedings and zealously fight for your legal interests.
Our legal team prides itself on thoughtful and result-oriented legal representation for all our clients. For a free case evaluation and legal consultation with a skilled Hammond slip and fall lawyer, please contact us directly today.
Slip and falls can occur both indoors and outdoors, as well as on private and business premises.
Common locations for slip and fall accidents on private property include driveways, sidewalks, kitchen floors, and bathroom floors. Accidents are common in these locations because spills and slippery surfaces tend to be present.
Common locations for slip and fall accidents on business premises, including those in downtown Hammond, include:
If you suffered injuries in a slip and fall accident on private or business premises, you should take the necessary legal steps immediately. Waiting too long to bring a personal injury claim against the at-fault party may jeopardize your right to recover the total monetary damages you deserve.
The experienced Hammond slip and fall attorneys at Midwest Injury Lawyers can meet with you to discuss how your slip and fall accident occurred and, if necessary, investigate your accident claim. Suppose you are eligible to seek monetary recovery for your injuries. In that case, we can help you file a claim with the property owner’s insurance company, negotiate settlement offers, and, if necessary, litigate your case in the Indiana court system.
A property owner’s legal duty of care depends upon a property visitor’s status on the premises. In many instances, a property visitor is a business invitee. An invitee goes on another person or entity’s premises to financially benefit that person or entity. For example, a customer at a Hammond shopping mall, restaurant, or store is likely a business invitee.
Property owners owe business invitees a very high legal duty of care.
Specifically, property owners must:
When a property owner breaches this duty of care, and a slip and fall accident occurs, they may be liable to the visitor for any injuries and damages that result.
In addition to business invitees, licensees are another classification of property visitors. A licensee is someone on another person’s premises to benefit themselves rather than financially benefit the property owner. A social guest at someone’s residence is a typical example of a licensee.
As with business invitees, property owners owe licensees a high legal duty of care. Specifically, within a reasonable time, they must warn about or repair slip and fall hazards on the premises. These hazards can include spills or slippery surfaces that may cause a property visitor to fall. Again, failing to take the necessary precautions may result in a slip and fall accident and injuries.
Finally, trespassers are individuals present on someone else’s property without permission from the property owner. However, if the property owner is aware or becomes aware of the trespasser’s presence, the property owner may owe them a duty to act reasonably. For example, the law may treat a child trespasser who routinely visits the property—and about whom the property owner is generally aware—as a known trespasser.
The skilled team of Hammond slip and fall lawyers at Midwest Injury Lawyers can determine if a property owner likely violated their legal duty of care to you. If such a violation occurs, we can explore your legal options and help you file a claim with the property owner’s insurance company. We can then help you pursue and recover the monetary damages you need for your injuries.
In addition to establishing that a premises owner owed you a legal duty of care, you must satisfy other legal elements to recover monetary damages in a slip and fall accident case.
First, you must show that the property owner breached—or violated—their legal duty of care to you. For example, the premises owner might have failed to repair a defective staircase or properly clean up a liquid spill on the floor within a reasonable timeframe.
Next, you must show that your slip and fall accident occurred as a direct result of the property owner’s breach. In other words, a causal relationship must exist between the property owner’s negligent actions or inactions and your slip and fall accident.
Finally, you must establish that you suffered physical injuries and losses as a direct result of your fall. For example, you might have sustained a broken bone, soft tissue injury, or head injury due to your accident.
Insurance companies frequently dispute liability for slip and fall accidents. First, they may contend that the property owner did not have sufficient time to correct the allegedly defective condition. In those circumstances, we can retain an accident reconstructionist to visit the scene of the occurrence and reconstruct the accident. An expert can also speak with witnesses, prepare reports, and testify at discovery depositions and jury trials supporting your case.
In addition, when recovering monetary damages following a slip and fall accident, you must establish a causal relationship between the accident and your injuries. To make this connection, expert medical testimony is often necessary. Depending on your medical condition, that testimony may come from a treating healthcare provider or specialist, such as a neurologist or orthopedist.
First, a medical provider can physically examine you and establish a causal connection between the slip and fall accident and your injuries based on a reasonable degree of medical probability. The provider can then give their opinion in writing or testify on your behalf in a deposition or jury trial. In addition, a medical provider can establish that one or more of your claimed injuries are permanent. Many slip and fall accident victims who suffer permanent injuries have ongoing pain and other symptoms for the rest of their life.
The experienced Hammond slip and fall attorneys at Midwest Injury Lawyers can assist you with proving the legal elements of your case by retaining the necessary experts to testify on your behalf. We can then use this evidence to argue for higher monetary compensation from the property owner’s insurance company.
The injuries that slip and fall accident victims suffer are frequently debilitating and may result in ongoing medical treatment, including surgeries and physical therapy. The injuries that a slip and fall victim suffers depend on the specific accident circumstances, how the victim falls to the ground, the surface on which they fall, and the body parts affected.
Some of the most common injuries that slip and fall victims sustain include:
If you suffered any of these injuries following a slip and fall, you should seek the prompt medical care you need. Doing so may help prevent your injuries from becoming worse.
In most situations, we cannot begin a personal injury claim on your behalf until you have completed most of your medical treatment or know your full prognosis. However, while you focus on treating your injuries, we can focus on gathering the necessary medical documents to prove your case.
Those documents may include:
Victims of Hammond slip and fall accidents have a concise window of time to file a legal claim for their injuries. In almost all situations, accident victims only have two years from their accident date to file a lawsuit seeking monetary recovery. Failing to file a timely lawsuit after a slip and fall accident virtually guarantees that the accident victim will not be eligible to recover any financial compensation.
The experienced Hammond slip and fall attorneys at Midwest Injury Lawyers can help you take prompt legal action, safeguarding your right to recover the total monetary award you need for your injuries. We can file a lawsuit well within the statutory timeframe and begin litigating your case through the court system efficiently.
Victims of serious slip and falls often incur significant medical expenses, including surgical costs and physical therapy bills. In addition, an accident victim may be unable to work for a certain amount of time after their accident.
Slip and fall victims who prove every legal element of their claim may be eligible to recover various monetary damages.
Those damages can include compensation for:
Our knowledgeable legal team can determine which damages you might be eligible to pursue as part of your slip and fall claim or lawsuit. We can help you devise the best possible plan to recover and maximize the monetary damages you deserve
If you recently suffered injuries in a slip and fall incident in Hammond, you should take legal action immediately. Generally speaking, the sooner you retain experienced legal counsel to represent you in your case, the higher your chances of recovering a favorable monetary award.
At Midwest Injury Lawyers, our experienced and compassionate legal team can begin advocating for you immediately by gathering the necessary documents, filing a claim on your behalf, retaining experts, and negotiating with insurance company adjusters.
If your case must go to a civil jury trial or binding arbitration hearing, we will aggressively fight for your legal rights and pursue the total monetary compensation you deserve for your injuries. We can do this for you while you focus on the most crucial thing – recovering from your injuries. Reach out to a Hammond personal injury lawyer.
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Slip and fall cases often result in serious and debilitating injuries. However, insurance companies will often try to point the finger at the victim of the accident rather than compensate them. It is extremely important in these types of cases to speak with an attorney as soon as possible so the other side doesn’t gain an early competitive advantage.
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