Stillwater Slip and Fall Lawyer
Injuring yourself in a slip and fall accident can feel frustrating and maybe even a little embarrassing. These are usually completely avoidable accidents that can result in some serious injuries. If you were seriously hurt in a slip and fall accident, you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries.
Our Stillwater slip and fall lawyer James Murray can help you seek this compensation. If you have any questions, please call our Stillwater office today for a free consultation.
Overview of Slip and Fall Injuries
First and foremost, in order to be able to bring a claim, your injury needs to have been due to the negligence of others. If you were at the grocery store and you were on your phone, wearing flip flops and not paying attention to your environment, you might be determined to be at fault for your slip and fall. The insurance company will argue that if you were in proper foot wear, and you weren’t on your phone, you may have seen the hazard that made you slip and fall and hurt yourself. However, you may certainly be eligible for a claim if you were turning the corner at the store and fell on a spill that no one had cleaned up yet.
You may be wondering if a warning sign matters in your case. This will vary case to case. If the sign was found to be unhelpful, the sign will not matter. For instance, if someone placed a wet floor sign in a hallway, and you came in from an entrance where the sign wasn’t visible, you won’t be liable for that accident. Proving that the property owner was at fault for this accident is going to be key for getting compensation. Whether this accident was at someone’s house, or at a big chain restaurant, you will have to prove negligence. The owner of the property would have had to have been aware of the hazard and done minimal effort or none at all to be found liable.
Your case value can be determined by the extent of your injuries. Some common slip and fall injuries include:
- Broken bones
- Lacerations and abrasions
- Spinal cord injuries
You very well may have sustained more than one of these injuries. All of this comes into play with how much you can be compensated for. If you had to miss out on work, needed surgery, couldn’t perform household chores, couldn’t drive yourself, or required physical therapy, all of this will increase the value of your claim.
Comparative Negligence State
The insurance companies will try everything that they can in order to pin the blame on you. It can be quite frustrating especially when you know that you were not to blame for this accident. To avoid having the blame placed on you, it’s so important to be cautious when you’re talking to the insurance company. They will call you and they may even try to come see you in the hospital. It is crucial to your case that you do not give them any statements. They are trained to ask you questions that will incriminate yourself. You have to be so careful. If they call you, tell them that you will be acquiring council and call communications can go through your lawyer.
If you are pinned with fault, it will affect your ability to collect compensation. Oklahoma follows the rules of comparative negligence. If you are found to be more at fault than the other party, you won’t be able to get any compensation at all. That is why it is so important that you get a good attorney on the case, so that they won’t let the insurance companies take advantage of you. Don’t be discouraged by these rules. You can get compensation if you are found to be at fault for 49% or less. For instance, you can get $9,000 of $10,000 of your award if you were only found to be 10% at fault. Your attorney will fight to have you determined as little at fault as possible.
Filing Your Claim on Time
There are many things to think about with a slip and fall claim, but the most important one of all is getting the claim filed on time. From the date of the accident, according to Oklahoma statutes, you have two years to file. Now, if you wait a year and 364 days to finally contact an attorney, you may be out of luck. There are steps that need to be taken before all the paper work will be filed and evidence gathered, etc. It certainly is a process. Therefore, you need to give your Stillwater slip and fall lawyer some time to get everything that they need together.
Contact An Experienced Stillwater Slip and Fall Lawyer Today
You deserve compensation. Don’t let the insurance company bully you out of getting what you deserve. Call James Murray of Murray Law Firm today for a free consultation. You need an experienced Stillwater slip and fall lawyer at your side.