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The last thing anyone wants to do is to slip and fall. You might suffer from a few bruises and cuts, but you fear that you will fall onto something or in such a way that you sustain extensive damage.
You could slip or trip and fall in a store, on a sidewalk, in a friend’s home or anywhere. When you do, and another person’s negligence caused the slip or trip and fall, you may be able to recover damages. Contact the Duluth slip and fall attorneys at Nicolet Law Accident & Injury Lawyers today to discuss your legal options.
You could slip or trip and fall anywhere, even in your own home.
You can slip or trip and fall for many reasons, including:
If you tripped or slipped and fell on someone else’s property, you could have the right to recover compensation for your injuries and other damages if the property owner was negligent. For example, if you slip on an icy sidewalk while it is snowing, you most likely cannot recover damages. However, if the property owner does not clean the sidewalk within a reasonable amount of time after a snowstorm, the court could find that the property owner was negligent and award you damages.
Premises liability accidents such as slip or trip and fall accidents are often complicated cases. A Duluth slip and fall attorney can help you determine whether you have a case. Contact Nicolet Law Accident & Injury Lawyers today.
While you could recover compensation for a property owner’s negligence if you have a right to be on the property—you were invited, or the property is a retail establishment, and you slipped and fell during normal working hours—you might have a hard time recovering damages if you were trespassing.
A trespasser enters a property uninvited and/or without permission. Thus, the property owner needn’t keep the property free of dangerous conditions or warn a trespasser of dangerous conditions (although the property owner cannot intentionally or willfully injure a trespasser). Different rules apply if the trespasser is a child.
According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), one out of five falls causes serious injuries, including traumatic brain injuries or broken bones. Hospitals admit over 800,000 people per year because of slip or trip and fall accidents. Of those, 300,000 are older people that suffer hip fractures. The CDC also states that falls are the number one cause of traumatic brain injuries.
If you suffer injuries from a fall, contact Nicolet Law Accident & Injury Lawyers today to discuss your legal options.
If you slip or trip and fall, you might be lucky enough to sustain minor injuries, such as a couple of cuts or bruises, but in many cases, people sustain severe or even catastrophic injuries.
Some of the injuries you might sustain include:
In addition to the initial injuries, you could also suffer from secondary injuries, such as infections from open wounds. The open wounds could happen during the initial incident but could also be because of surgery to repair accident injuries.
Fall injuries, including secondary injuries, could exacerbate existing conditions and injuries. The negligent party may also share in the responsibility for exacerbating those conditions and injuries since you would not have had that extra pain and suffering if not for the defendant’s negligence.
Additionally, your initial and secondary injuries could lead to the amputation of a digit or limb or could lead to excessive scarring and/or disfigurement that could prevent you from gainful employment.
The amount of damages you might recover after a trip or slip and fall accident depends on the severity of your injuries. You could recover economic damages and non-economic damages.
Special damages, often referred to as economic damages, have a monetary value. The court orders the defendant to pay these in an attempt to make you whole again.
Economic damages can include:
General damages, often referred to as non-economic damages, do not have a monetary value since you cannot put a price on pain and suffering on these types of losses and damages. Non-economic damages may include:
Pain and Suffering. If your injuries cause long-term or permanent disabilities, you could recover compensation for the pain and suffering you experience, including emotional distress. Some injuries require physical and/or occupational therapy, which shows that you are most likely in pain.
Additionally, some people suffer from depression and anxiety because their injuries and/or long-term or permanent disabilities prevent them from working. They might also become afraid of repeating the incident and become withdrawn. Accidents often cause post-traumatic stress disorder, though that is more common in traumatic vehicle accidents. Often cognitive and other psychological therapy helps with feelings of helplessness, anxiety, and depression. The defendant may bear the responsibility of emotional therapies, since you would not have these issues if not for the defendant’s negligence.
Loss of Quality of Life. Some injuries cause long-term or permanent disabilities that might require you to take medications or use ambulatory aids for the rest of your life. Others cause amputation, a permanent limp, or other issues that decrease the quality of your life.
Loss of Companionship and/or Consortium. Sometimes accident injuries cause disabilities that prevent you from enjoying time with your family. If you cannot take part in family activities and events, including something as minor as sitting at the dining room table for dinner with your family, you could recover compensation for loss of companionship.
Additionally, if you can no longer have a physical relationship with your spouse, you could recover compensation for loss of consortium.
Loss of Use. Some trip and slip or fall accidents could cause you to lose the use of a body part, such as a hand or foot. And some could cause the loss of use of bodily functions, such as your eyesight or bladder function. These injuries could be direct or indirect. You might damage the body part or function in the incident, and doctors might not have the ability to repair the damaged body part or function.
In other cases, an injury could cause the loss of use. For example, a traumatic brain injury could cause you to lose the use of a leg or your bladder. You could receive compensation for these types of injuries, especially if doctors believe they are long-term or permanent.
Disfigurement and Excessive Scarring. If you fall on a rough surface, you could sustain road rash that might scar. Burns can also cause disfigurement and excessive scarring, especially if doctors remove the skin from another part of your body for a graft. If the excessive scarring or disfigurement is visible or it impedes your ability to work, you could receive extra compensation for these injuries.
Inconvenience. Some people do their own shopping, house cleaning, home repair and maintenance, lawn maintenance, and other chores. Some disabilities you might sustain in a trip or slip and fall incident could prevent you from doing these chores, which means that you have to hire someone to do them for you.
Should you have to hire someone to do the chores you usually do, you could recover compensation to reimburse you for the money you now have to pay someone to do these things for you.
Always retain an attorney when you
seek compensation because:
Additionally, the insurance company also knows that you are more likely to abandon settlement negotiations sooner and go to litigation if you have an attorney. Insurance companies do not like to go to court because of the increased risk of paying a significant amount more than a fair and reasonable amount you might have settled for.
Our initial case evaluation is free. We also work on a contingency basis, which means that you do not pay attorneys’ fees unless we win your case. Even if we have to go to trial and lose, you would not be on the hook for attorneys’ fees.
When you come in for your initial case evaluation, we will go over the potential expenses for a trip or slip and fall case. We do not hide any expenses and will let you know the cost of depositions, expert witnesses, investigators, filing fees, and anything else.
If you are thinking about hiring a slip and fall lawyer in Duluth, you may be curious about how the hiring process works and how you can maximize your chances for a favorable outcome. This uncertainty is perfectly natural. Here are some of the most common questions people have about slip and fall cases and how attorneys handle these cases under Minnesota law. We invite you to contact us at Nicolet Law Accident & Injury Lawyers for additional information.
A: When you hire a Duluth slip and fall lawyer, you immediately boost the chances of a favorable outcome in your case. From the moment you hire us, you know an experienced legal professional is handling your case.
Here are some other top reasons to hire a Duluth personal injury lawyer:
The best way to learn about the benefits of hiring a slip and fall lawyer is to schedule a complimentary consultation with an award-winning personal injury law firm in Duluth.
A: Two of the most common causes of slip and fall accidents in Duluth are wet floors and trip hazards. However, many other variables contribute to slips and falls.
Most slip and fall accidents occur due to one or more of the following conditions:
A: Slip and fall accidents can cause injury to bones, internal organs, nerves, and soft tissue. Falls can lead to partial or complete paralysis and even death in rare cases.
Some of the most common types of injuries include the following:
A: One of our experienced personal injury lawyers can listen to your story to see whether you have a strong case. While you may feel that you deserve compensation, it is difficult to determine if you have a solid claim without extensive legal analysis. A lawyer has the skills needed to evaluate your claim and determine if you have sufficient evidence to prove that another party’s negligence caused your injuries.
A: Yes. If you slip and fall at your place of employment, you may file a workers’ compensation claim. Report your injuries to your employer as quickly as possible. While Minnesota Statutes may allow up to 180 days to report a Workers’ Compensation claim, report your injury to your employer immediately, then call us for help filing the claim.
If you are among the many Duluth residents who travel to other sites to perform job-related duties, you might also be able to file a third-party claim.
For instance, if you are subcontracted as a painter on a construction site and slip on a wet floor upon arriving at the job site, you might sue the owner of the job site if the property owner’s negligence caused your injuries. An experienced slip and fall lawyer can guide you on this type of scenario to ensure you recover compensation from all parties responsible for your injuries.
A: Yes. Your chances of receiving the compensation you deserve are much higher if you hire a lawyer. Unless you are an experienced Duluth lawyer, it is easy to be overwhelmed by Minnesota’s complex slip and fall laws.
Here are some other reasons why it makes sense to hire our slip and fall lawyers to handle your case:
In addition to these factors, you need to consider your time and health. Building a compelling case requires time, effort, and energy. If you are incapacitated or busy with rehab, you may lack the physical fitness to build a solid case. When you hire Nicolet Law Accident & Injury Lawyers, they will conduct the research and legal legwork. This assistance allows you to focus on your recovery and daily responsibilities.
A: A legal consultation is an initial meeting with a lawyer who could potentially handle your slip and fall case. Some law firms offer complimentary consultations, while others may charge a modest fee. You can expect an initial legal consultation to last 30 to 60 minutes, though some consultations may be longer or shorter in length.
There are two key reasons to participate in a legal consultation:
To prepare for a legal consultation, you should organize the details surrounding your fall and make a list of any questions you have. First, list your most important questions in case you run short on time during your consultation. This strategy will allow you to maximize your time with a prospective lawyer.
While each consultation is different, here is what you can expect during your meeting:
A: Reach out to a lawyer as soon as possible following your accident while the circumstances and factors contributing to your fall are fresh in your mind. When you wait longer to contact a lawyer, it will be harder to reconstruct the conditions of your fall. In general, seek treatment for your injuries then call a slip and fall lawyer.
A: You do not have to pay any up-front costs when you hire a slip and fall attorney from Nicolet Law Accident & Injury Lawyers. In contrast to other law offices, we will take your slip and fall case on a contingency basis. This payment structure means you won’t have to pay an advance payment or retainer fee. Nicolet Law Accident & Injury Lawyers will cover the cost of any expenses during your case and will receive a percentage of your settlement once we resolve your case.
Here are the benefits of working with our lawyers on a contingency fee basis:
A: At Nicolet Law Accident & Injury Lawyers, we make it easy for you to get the legal support you deserve. In just three simple steps, you can rest easy knowing one of our experienced slip and fall attorneys is fighting for your rights.
Here are the steps to follow:
Our Duluth office is conveniently located at 306 West Superior Street in Suite 606, and you can come here to speak with us. We can also visit you at home if you have a medical condition that prevents you from traveling to our location. To explore these options, simply call us.
Connecting with our legal team is a crucial step to receiving the compensation you deserve. We look forward to serving as your slip and fall lawyer in Duluth.
You have enough on your plate as you attempt to put your life back together after an injury. The last thing you need to do is spend your time and energy fighting with the insurance companies.
We can level the playing field and make things right for you. Call 218-217-0698 or contact us via email to schedule your free consultation. You will owe no attorney fees until we recover compensation for you.