You are not required to have a lawyer to file a slip and fall insurance claim or lawsuit. That being said, an attorney can provide additional context and information, such as when to negotiate with an insurance company and when to file a lawsuit. They can also help you understand what your case is worth.
We Will Review Any Potential Settlement Offers and Gather Evidence to Help Your Case
One of the primary ways a lawyer from our team can help your slip and fall claim is by being an intermediary between you and the other party. The priority of insurance companies and negligent parties is to avoid paying your expenses; they are not on your side, nor do they necessarily have your best interests at heart. By contrast, our firm’s only job is protecting your right to pursue damages.
The support of a lawyer from our team can take the form of:
- Arguing for medical treatments
- Securing transportation to appointments
- Reviewing settlement offers
- Communicating with the other party
- Gathering evidence
- Consulting experts on your prognosis
- Explaining laws and rights
- Keeping you in the loop
Some people may only associate lawyers with more dramatic legal tasks, such as structuring court arguments, speaking legalese, and only taking on cases with catastrophic injuries. In reality, slip and fall attorneys are concerned with the everyday details of your situation, from the doctors you see to the anxiety you experience due to the accident.
We Can Help You Account for All Your Damages
Your main worries are likely current medical bills and wages already missed. However, a lawyer from our firm can fight for damages that cover not only what you already lost but also what you may pay in the future. When representing yourself, you run the risk of settling for compensation that doesn’t reflect all of your losses. Case valuation is based on factors, such as:
- Level of injury
- Injury permanence
- Your age and health
- Impact on your job
- Reduced earning capacity
- Diminished quality of life
- Pain and suffering
- Impact on dependents
- Changes to relationships
- Future medical expenses
For example, the value of a case involving a healthy 35-year-old who breaks their arm could be very different from one involving a senior who breaks a hip.
We Can Hire Experts to Provide Testimony to Support Your Case
Our legal team consults experts to arrive at a case value that reflects your past, present, and current health needs. To build your evidence file, some authorities we may utilize are:
The other party may attempt to lowball their offer. Having an idea of what your case is worth can prevent you from facing unexpected expenses later, with no recourse for further damages.
For a free legal consultation, call 516-358-6900
Knowing When to File a Lawsuit
Our injury team can help discern when to take stronger action, turning your insurance claim into a personal injury lawsuit. Filing a suit can depend on:
- The negligent party’s insurance coverage
- Whether negotiations have stalled
- Disagreement over a claim’s worth
- Denial of coverage or treatment
- How fault is divided or assigned
We can inform the other party that we are exploring taking legal action, which may help persuade them to negotiate further.
Our Lawyers Know the Law and Applicable Deadlines
Some slip and fall cases become complicated and can greatly benefit from a deeper understanding of premises liability laws and property owner obligation. You may want to consult one of our lawyers if your case involves:
- Liability waivers
- Multiple parties
- Property ownership disputes
- Claims that you contributed to your injury
- Pre-existing conditions
- Claims that the property defect was “trivial”
If you have questions about whether you have a right to pursue a claim, a premises liability attorney from our team can examine your case to determine your eligibility.
The statute of limitations for filing a slip and fall case in New York is three years from the date of the accident, per CVP §214. However, if you fell on city or state property, your filing window may be different. Moreover, you may need to file a notice of making a claim.
Our lawyers can inform you of your exact filing deadline and handle other paperwork that may need to be prepared.
A Lawyer from Our Team Can Answer Your Questions
Although you do not need a lawyer for your slip and fall claim, consulting one can help you understand your rights so that you are not intimidated into abandoning your claim or taking a lower settlement. The Law Office of Cohen & Jaffe, LLP is ready to help you with any aspect of your New Hyde Park case, from challenges in receiving medical treatment to concerns about what you can pursue. Call our office today for a free consultation at (516) 358-6900.