The total time it will take to reach a personal injury settlement from the time you finish treatment until the time you settle your case, is roughly 5 months. This article explains the timeline and steps along the way to your personal injury settlement. The goal is to prepare each client for the rather drawn…Details
As a personal injury law firm in Charlotte, NC, slip and fall injuries are something we handle every day. Whether your injury took place in a grocery store like Food Lion or Harris Teeter, a big box store like Wal-Mart or Target, or in a smaller business, you may have a valid slip and fall claim. The complexities of slip and fall cases lead naturally to retaining a personal injury lawyer to represent you, and we hope you’ll choose to Recover With Us.
Working With A Personal Injury Lawyer
Our firm is paid on a contingency basis, which essentially means we don’t get paid unless you get paid. This is a common arrangement in personal injury and we like it because it keeps attorneys honest—the law firm won’t bill you for hourly work on a case they know is a bad case. As a result, the client benefits from honest conversations with their personal injury lawyer as you progress though the claim toward settlement or toward filing a lawsuit.
At The Layton Law Firm, PLLC, you’ll always have direct access to your personal injury lawyer. We pride ourselves on this fact, where other firms will isolate the attorney from the client. It is our belief the client knows more about their case than anyone else, and because of that we’re eager to keep in good touch with the client as the claim or case progresses.
Your personal injury lawyer also has relationships with experts who can evaluate a slippery floor, the design or layout of a grocery store, and make estimations as to how long a hazardous condition existed before the injured party encountered it. Whether it’s a mis-placed display or spilled liquid on the floor of the store, your personal injury lawyer will work with you (and experts if necessary) to present a case to the insurance adjuster evaluating the case.
Negligence in a Slip and Fall Case
At the essence of all slip and fall claims is proving negligence. Essentially, you and your personal injury lawyer must demonstrate that the owner of the premises owed the injured party a duty of care, that the duty of care was breached in some way, and that the injured party suffered injury as a direct result of that breach of duty. Quite often, clients call us to discuss Contributory Negligence, which is a defense often raised by insurance companies so that they won’t have to pay an injured party in a slip and fall claim. Because we address Contributory Negligence on a daily basis at our firm, you’ll find we push past this defense in all but a few cases—if you’ve been told the insurance company won’t pay because you contributed to the injury, we strongly encourage you to call us or another personal injury law firm in Charlotte, NC, to get sound legal advice.
Treatment and Damages
The first goal after any personal injury is to recover from the injury. Our staff will help to insure that you’re getting the treatment that has been recommended to you. Once you complete that treatment, we will acquire official medical records and medical billing related to the treatment. At that time, we can evaluate the damages, which are a function of both the medical billing and the actual injury.
Negotiating Your Claim
Your personal injury lawyer earns their keep during negotiations with insurance companies. Having a personal injury lawyer involved in your case sends a message to the insurance company that if they refuse to settle for a reasonable amount, it is likely they will be sued in court. Your personal injury lawyer also responds to unfounded allegations by insurance companies regarding Contributory Negligence, valuation of the case, and any other manner in which the insurance company may attempt to lower or de-value your claim or case.
Settling the Claim
Most slip and fall claims settle. One element of settling your claim involves negotiating with your medical providers to lower their bills. The net effect of successful negotiation of medical bills is that the client puts more money in her pocket. We will be glad to discuss this process with you if you choose to retain us as your personal injury law firm.
Request A Consultation
There’s no need delay. You deserve to understand your options and have a personal injury lawyer help you evaluate your case. There’s no obligation to hire the firm—answering questions and providing guidance is part of our job, whether you hire us or not. If you would like to receive a phone call regarding your slip and fall, please complete the brief form HERE, or call 704.749.7747 and you can speak with a personal injury lawyer today. We hope you’ll choose to Recover With Us.