Slips and falls can happen just about anywhere from the shopping mall to a restaurant, an office or construction site, and each year thousands of people are injured in this way. Rarely are these incidents faultless and time and time again we see that they occur after someone has failed to follow the safety measures which workplaces require. One question which we are often asked is whether or not you need to speak with a slip and fall attorney after you have gone through such an event, something which we will seek to answer here.
Is It Necessary to Lawyer Up?
The simple answer to this question is that you do not need a personal injury or slip and fall lawyer in order to process a claim against the responsible party for your incident. In, according to the American Bar Association, three out of five claimants actually choose to be their own representative in a civil court case. Whilst you don’t have to get a lawyer for this kind of case, studies have shown that those who do not, may in fact have a great disadvantage.
In terms of why it makes so much more sense to work with a legal team than to represent yourself, the most compelling of those reasons is that you are more likely to win. The figures are there for all to see, and not only are you more likely to win the case, you are also likely to win more by way of damages.
Personal injury lawyers are experts when it comes to the gathering of evidence which best establishes who was at fault, and why. This is the backbone of the case and it is the information which will make the difference in court. In order to get this information on your own, you first need to know what you are looking for, and then where to find it. Using a lawyer will increase the quality of the evidence and the speed by which it is gathered.
A slip or fall and any potential injuries is all tough enough to go through, without then taking on a legal challenge on your own. This is why it makes so much more sense to use the experts and take that burden off your shoulders. When you get a lawyer on board there will not be much asked of you, and you’ll have the peace of mind that the case is moving forward as you rest and recover.
A great number of these cases are settled before they even go to court, and this is where your lawyer will really come into their own. They will know exactly what the damages are worth, what kind of evidence they have in their hands and thus, exactly where the negotiating line should be. Many individuals representing themselves fall short when it comes to the negotiations.
To conclude, whilst there is absolutely no obligation on your part to seek the support of a personal injury lawyer, doing so will give you a much stronger chance of getting the damages you deserve following a slip or fall.