A slip and fall accident occurs when someone slips, trips or falls on someone else’s property. Most of the time a person is not seriously injured. But there are occasions where a person can suffer a brain injury, hip fractures, spinal cord injuries, and sometimes even death. The National Safety Council reports that these types of accidents are the second leading cause of unintentional injury-related deaths. The injury can be life-changing and although a person may not contact an attorney who specializes in premises liability cases, they should understand how important it can be.
There are some common myths about making a premises liability legal claim after a slip and fall injury. These include:
- If the owner can’t pay, then the injured party won’t receive any money. Property owners frequently make the excuse that they can’t afford a claim. But an attorney can work to discover the true assets of the property owner and the insurance they carry.
- It is best to accept the insurance company’s offer. Insurance companies will try to convince a victim that their offer is fair. They may also include terms that can var the victim from any legal action. It is best to speak with an attorney before settling with an insurance company to make sure their legal rights are fully recognized.
- You need to sue immediately. A victim may think that they need to file a lawsuit immediately after the accident. Or they may not even know the extent of their injuries until much later. In Brooklyn, a victim can have anywhere from 90 days to 3 years to file a claim against the property owner.
- You can only get compensation for major visible injuries. Not all injuries are visible. A victim can claim compensation for internal bodily injuries and minor injuries that may only show up after a period of time.
The law firm of Chopra & Nocerino understands that victims may be hesitant to file a premises liability claim. They are available to discuss a victim’s options and help them with any claim they would like to make.