Slip & Fall Injury Law Firm
The slip & fall lawyers at Sarkisian Law Offices serve clients in Indiana and Illinois. Their offices are located in Valparaiso and Merrillville, Indiana.
The Indiana premises liability act allows individuals injured in a slip and fall accident to bring forth a claim for compensation against the responsible party.
The following are achieved when a claim for restitution is brought forth:
- Compensation for the economic and non-economic damages you have suffered
- Disciplinary action against the party or parties at fault, in order to prevent the same from happening again
Many individuals who have been hurt in a slip and fall accident are afraid to bring forward a claim.
Sometimes, the establishment and its attorney will attempt to blame the victim, suggesting the slip and fall accident was due to the victim’s carelessness.
By working with a seasoned personal injury attorney, you can stand up for your right to compensation under Indiana law.
Common causes of slip and fall accidents:
- Spills that are not cleaned up
- Failure to place warning signs near slippery or hazardous surfaces
- Damaged flooring
- Poor lighting
- Broken stairs or handrails
- Icy sidewalks
- Potholes or slopes in paved parking lots
- Buckled or torn carpet
- Dents in vinyl flooring
- Packages, cords or other debris in the walkway
Many of the situations that cause a slip and fall injury were caused either directly by or through the negligence of the owner or another person in charge.
Slip and fall accidents may seem minor at first; however, many of these accidents can result in significant injuries that may last a lifetime.
Common injuries that can result from a slip and fall accident:
While some slips, trips and falls result in a few scrapes or bruises, others result in more severe injuries, particularly when it happens to an elderly individual.
Injuries that result from slip and fall accidents can include but are not limited to:
- Broken bones and fractures
- Open head injuries
- Closed head injuries
- Neck injuries
- Spinal cord injuries
- Temporary disability
- Permanent disability
In rare cases, a slip and fall can result in death.
The injuries suffered by a slip and fall accident can affect the lives of the victim’s family, especially in cases where the injuries are severe and require a high-level of care for an extended period of time.
An accident claim can be brought forward to help mitigate or completely cover the costs of these injuries.
What does a slip and fall accident claim cover?
A claim is designed to cover financial, physical and emotional damages, which may include:
- Hospitalization costs
- Doctor visits
- Medication costs
- Physical therapy
- Home care
- Lost wages
- Emotional trauma
In the event that the accident resulted in a wrongful death, a claim may cover:
- Funeral expenses
- Lost wages and future earnings
- Loss of companionship
- Loss of consortium
How Much Will My Claim Be Worth?
It is hard to add up all the costs and account for every potential source of compensation available without assistance.
Only an experienced slip and fall attorney can assess the damages from the accident and provide you with an accurate value of what your claim’s worth.
While it may be easy to add up the concrete costs (also known as economic damages) like medical bills, estimating pain and suffering and other non-economic damages is more difficult.
Most personal injury lawyers multiply the cost of the economic damages by a value between 1.5 and 5, depending on the seriousness of the accident.
However, the only way you will be able to accurately asses your claim’s worth is to speak with an experienced attorney in your area.
How to Bring Forward a Slip and Fall Claim
Often, the insurance company of the party at fault will offer you a settlement before a claim is properly filed with Indiana courts. Accepting the settlement waives your right to bring forward a claim or seek additional compensation.
Many individuals accept the first settlement offer from the insurance company for many reasons, including wanting to move past the accident or needing immediate access to the funds.
However, it is almost never in the best interest of the victim and their family to accept the first settlement offered by the insurance company.
At Sarkisian Law Offices, we understand the pressure victims of a slip and fall accident are under when they are contacted by the insurance company.
We can help you stand your ground and petition the Indiana court system for the highest settlement award possible in your case.
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In order to bring forward a claim for damages, you must first determine if the property owner is responsible for the accident.
Generally speaking, one of the following must be true in order to bring forward a claim against an establishment after a slip and fall accident:
- The owner of the establishment or an employee directly caused the hazard, such as a spill or an object left out in the pathway of customers
- The owner of the establishment or an employee knew about the hazard, but failed to remove the hazard in a reasonable time frame
- The owner of the establishment or an employee should have known about and removed the hazard, as any “reasonable” person would have in the same situation
It is important to document the accident with someone from the premises where the fall occurred. Any witnesses to the accident should be identified and contacted.
An experienced slip and fall attorney can help you gather the necessary documentation to help solidify your claim and your right to compensation.
If you or a loved one has suffered a slip, trip or fall accident, the personal injury attorneys at Sarkisian Law Offices can properly assist you with your claim.
Contact the Slip & Fall Attorneys at Sarkisian Law Offices Today for a Consultation
Our skilled attorneys will fully document any negligence involved in your accident to ensure that you receive adequate compensation.
We will investigate the circumstances surrounding the accident and will develop a zealous legal strategy that is designed to elicit the best possible results in your case.
Don’t delay. We recommend that you contact us for a free initial consultation to determine the extent of your claim.
Call now at (219) 942-7171 or (219) 477-3998. Our skilled Indiana lawyers are available now to assist you.