New Hampshire Personal Injury Lawyers
Slip and Fall Personal Injury Law
If you are injured in a slip and fall accident at a private home, apartment building, store, street, sidewalk, or other public place you may be entitled to compensation for your injury. Typically, icy parking lots or sidewalks, wet floors, dark stairwells, loose floor tiles or carpeting, are the source of compensable slip and fall injury.
Compensation for your injury includes payment of all related medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, emotional distress, and loss of enjoyment of life, such as being unable to do activities you enjoyed prior to your injury, and the value of any other costs or losses which are a direct result of your slip and fall injury.
Solomon Law Firm offers free consultations to help you determine if you can recover from your slip and fall injury. We are available for consultation by telephone, and we have four office locations, and handicap accessible facilities. If you can't come to us, we will visit you at your home, or in the hospital. The attorneys and the staff at Solomon Law Firm have over years(); ?> years of experience working on cases such as these.
To recover compensation, you must establish that the person or entity who owns the home, store, or public place, or who is responsible for the street or the sidewalk knew, or should have known, about the conditions, which caused you to slip and fall. If you are injured in a slip and fall accident, you should advise, or otherwise notify, the owner and/or manager of the property as soon as possible. Be sure to obtain the name of any and all persons you speak to and especially the names, addresses and telephone numbers of any witnesses, if any. Try to obtain the name and address of any insurance companies, or in the case of businesses, an appropriate contact person. Neither you, nor any person with you, should comment on the cause of your slip and fall or discuss fault in any way. It is usually a good policy to seek treatment whether or not injuries are readily apparent. Often, even serious injuries do not manifest themselves immediately, and it is not uncommon to feel only shock after an accident, especially a slip and fall accident, which often times leaves the person embarrassed, even if the fall is clearly the fault of someone else. Therefore, physical pain will sometimes start hours or even days later. It is very important that you save the footwear that you were wearing at the time the fall occurred.
If you have been injured in a slip and fall, it is our experience that it is best to contact an attorney sooner rather than later. At Solomon Law Firm we utilize experts to help your case. Like us, they are ready to act immediately to protect your interests. The experts we use include photographers, safety engineers, architects, construction experts, experts on local building codes, etc. These experts help to preserve evidence by photographing or measuring, or otherwise conducting tests. Photographs and reports of this nature can be invaluable in prosecuting your case. Remember the old adage: "a picture speaks a thousand words"
Whether or not you contact an attorney, if you have been injured and intend to seek compensation, you should never speak to the insurance company of the homeowner or business where you fell nor provide them with any written statement or releases to obtain any medical or employment records. You should keep track of all costs incurred as a result of your fall, including medical bills, prescription costs, and other costs such as childcare, home help and other expenses you would not normally incur. It is usually a good idea to keep brief notes regarding the effects of the fall on your day-to-day life and your physical and mental health, because sometimes months, and even years, may pass before the issue of compensation may be resolved. It is sometimes difficult to remember all that you are going through.
If you have suffered injuries, you should never delay seeking medical treatment due to lack of insurance or from fear that the other party will not pay. In addition, although it might be tempting to accept quick offers of settlement from the defendant's insurance company, and believe us, they will call you immediately, it is best to wait until enough time has passed to allow for all the consequences of your injuries to show themselves and to be resolved. Any settlement you accept is usually final, regardless of whether additional effects and costs arise after the settlement is accepted. You have three years from the date of the injury to file a lawsuit.
WHAT TO DO AFTER YOUR INJURY
- See a doctor. Even if you feel okay right after your fall, you may not feel your injury, or its full extent, until some time after your fall.
- Take pictures of your injuries and of your clothing if it is wet, torn, or otherwise damaged.
- Take pictures of the location where you fell as soon as possible.
- Save the shoes you were wearing at the time you fell. Save any articles of clothing, which are damaged or torn (e.g. broken glasses, ripped or bloodstained clothes).
- Obtain the names and telephone numbers of any witnesses, people who saw you fall or who spoke with you immediately after you fell.
- Write down a detailed account of what happened.
- Keep track of all your medical bills, time lost from work, and activities you are restricted from doing.
- Do not accept any money, or agree to any offers from the home or storeowner, or an insurance company. Any offers you accept are final, even though your injury may be more serious than you thought when you settled; and
- CONTACT an attorney sooner, rather than later to discuss your rights. The person or entity who controlled or owned the site of your fall, must have been negligent, or careless, in maintaining the area and aware of the possible dangers. These issues are often complex, and are best addressed early on.
Solomon Law Firm offers free consultations to help you determine if you can recover from your injuries. We are available for consultation by telephone, and we have four office locations and handicap accessible facilities. If you can't come to us, we will visit you at your home, or in the hospital. The attorneys and the staff at Solomon Law Firm have over 50 combined years of experience working on cases such as these.
Solomon Law Firm will protect your interests. We work for you. Remember, insurance companies are corporations and their focus is on the bottom line. In other words, they want to make money for their stockholders and that means trying to pay injured victims as little as possible. Our job is to make sure you receive "The Compensation You Deserve".
At Solomon Law Firm, our staff of lawyers, paralegals and support staff are trained to help you with all aspects of your case with courtesy and compassion.
REMEMBER, THERE IS NEVER A FEE CHARGED UNTIL YOU RECOVER THE COMPENSATION YOU DESERVE.