Slip and Fall Lawyer in Connecticut
It is the responsibility of a property owner to keep his/her premises safe, yet, most slip and fall injuries are the result of defective premises. The land owner's insurance company will fight any injuries you sustain on their client's property. Without a well-versed personal injury lawyer, building a slip and fall accident case can be challenging. Aside from the need to prove liability, you need to negotiate a settlement. This isn't something most accident victims are prepared to do. So, to secure an adequate amount of compensation following a slip and fall accident, you will want to seek a qualified slip and fall attorney to help.
Specifically, suppose you have sustained a slip and fall injury in Connecticut. In that case, you need the help of seasoned Connecticut personal injury lawyer Paul James Garlasco. Several Connecticut laws and legal rules will impact any claim or lawsuit you file over your slip and fall; including, but not limited to:
- The statute of limitations deadline for filing a slip and fall lawsuit in the Connecticut court system - you must file any lawsuit against the property owner within two years. The clock starts running the moment the slip and fall took place.
- Connecticut's "comparative negligence" rule can limit your ability and rights to recover compensation if you own some of the responsibility for the accident.
Whether your slip and fall lawsuit is for injury or property damage, the success or failure of the case will most likely turn on whether you can prove that the property owner failed to take reasonable steps to keep the property safe and to prevent your accident.
The law firm of Paul James Garlasco has extensive experience with slip and fall cases and understands the nuances of the above-referenced legal rules. We will enlist our network of experts to help you prove your case and get the appropriate medical care, as well as just and speedy compensation. You can retain our services at no cost until we recover just compensation for you and all of your losses.
What is a Slip and Fall Accident?
The term “slip and fall” is commonly used for a personal injury case where a person slips or trips and is injured on someone else's property. These cases tend to fall under the broader category of cases referred to as premises liability claims. Slip and fall accidents tend to take place on property owned, maintained, or operated by someone else. In slip and fall cases, it may be determined that the property owner is liable.
What are the Common Causes of Slip and Fall Accidents?
Slip and fall accidents can happen in any place and at any time. Effects and injuries from slip and fall incidents vary widely, ranging from minor scratches and bruises to severe head and spinal cord injuries. Though property owners are responsible for maintaining safe and accessible areas, it is always best to understand the most common causes of slip and fall accidents, namely:
- Wet and uneven surfaces;
- Weather conditions;
- Improper training;
- Nursing home neglect;
- Improper footwear; and
Expected Compensation for a Connecticut Slip and Fall Accident
The amount you can expect to receive for your slip and fall accident will vary and is based on various factors. Suppose your case proves that the property owner failed to take reasonable steps to keep the property safe and prevent your accident. In that case, you can anticipate an award inclusive of the following:
- Present and future medical expenses related to your slip and fall injuries,
- Damages for pain and suffering from the slip and fall incident;
- Lost income due to the personal injuries you sustained from the slip and fall; and
- Incidental expenditures related to the slip and fall accident such as costs for travel to and from the doctor or physical therapy
What to Look for in a Slip and Fall Lawyer
Finding a slip and fall lawyer that you can trust isn’t easy. Not all attorneys are the same, and finding an excellent attorney to work with is more important than you might think. If you've recently experienced a slip and fall accident, don’t just hire the first attorney that you come across when searching on the internet. The top-listed attorney isn’t necessarily the best – it just means they have paid more to be listed first in your search results.
You'll want an attorney who can represent your best interests, so you can focus on getting better and healing. A good lawyer makes sure all the proper paperwork is filed, provides general legal advice, determines an accurate settlement estimate, collects evidence to strengthen your case, negotiates with insurance adjusters, and represents you in court if the need arises.
To make sure you find a trustworthy and experienced lawyer to handle your case if you have experienced a slip and fall, look for the following things:
- Clear and responsive communication
It can be quite frustrating if you have experienced a slip and fall to hire a lawyer and then wait days between communications. Not only that, but if the lawyer speaks in legal jargon, it can get complicated knowing what is going on. You should expect communication using language that you can understand. Your attorney should be in regular contact with you so that you always know the status of your case.
- Engaging interest
A good lawyer will be genuinely interested in your case. Make sure that the attorney you seek will not only put in the required amount of effort but will care about you as a person, and not just billable hours.
Yes, even attorneys should be expected to provide references. When interviewing potential attorneys, be sure to ask for references of recent clients that have slipped and fallen. If the attorney can’t provide any, it’s time to move on and look for another. Even one or two references will suffice. Be sure to take the time to place a quick phone call to each reference, and make sure you feel good about what they have to say.
Suppose your attorney's office is in a state of disarray. How can you be sure that they'll be able to find important documents and evidence when it is time to speak to your case? So, if you see an office mess, turn around and seek another attorney. Your attorney's office should be clean and organized. Make sure that any electronic records that your attorney maintains are properly secured.
Any slip and fall attorney you meet with should have ample experience working with other victims that have experienced a slip and fall accident. For example, Attorney Paul James Garlasco has over 38 years of experience helping others who have suffered personal injuries related to a slip and fall and has a proven track record of getting victims the legal reward they deserve.
Contact the Law Office of Attorney Paul James Garlasco Today if You Have Been Injured in a Slip and Fall Accident
Act now. Contact the law office of Attorney Paul James Garlasco, a Connecticut personal injury and workers’ compensation firm with over 37 years of experience, for a free initial consultation with no obligation to discuss your slip and fall case. Call 860-350-4409, text 203-788-7991 or contact us through our contact form by clicking here.
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