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1) Choosing an Attorney
You want to make sure that you pick the best attorney to fit your needs. You’ve injured yourself. You’ve had to get medical treatment, and now you need someone who’s going to help you navigate through the murky waters that is a slip and fall accident. It can be difficult because in most situations, you’re dealing with companies, large corporations— entities that have deep pockets and attorneys on their side.
You want to make sure that you have the best person on your side fighting for you to make sure that you get the compensation that you deserve. When picking an attorney, there are a lot out there. You want to go with the person who you feel the most comfortable with. You also want to go with somebody who has experience handling cases just like yours.
2) Common Mistakes To Avoid
First off, make sure that you report your incident. If you were involved in a slip and fall accident, most of which occur in stores or businesses, you want to make sure that you make somebody in that business aware of the fact that you were involved in a slip and fall accident. You want to have a witness there so that when the insurance company is trying to speak to your attorney, they have someone to speak to so that they can verify that the accident occurred.
Additionally, another common mistake that people make is trying to handle it themselves. A slip and fall accident can be difficult to navigate, so you want to make sure that you reach out to an experienced attorney so you don’t make any mistakes.
3) Insurance Investigation
The insurance company has made you an initial offer and you want to accept. In most cases, that is not the right thing to do. When handling slip and fall accidents in Virginia, you need to keep in mind that insurance companies are doing everything that they possibly can to give you as little money as possible. Most times, the first offer is a low-ball offer, and they’re looking for people to make the mistake of accepting. You should never do that.
You should almost always counter with a higher offer to make sure that you’re getting the compensation that you deserve. Insurance companies have policy limits. Those are the numbers that they have to work within. They’re not trying to offer you policy limits. They’re trying to pay you as little as possible. Keeping this in mind, you want to have an attorney who knows this and is going to fight to get you the compensation that you deserve.
4) Case Value
When people initially call our office and ask us that question, we typically tell them that it’s tough to answer without knowing exactly what your injuries are and exactly the expenses that you’ve incurred. Determining the value not only includes your medical expenses, but it also includes your lost wages, your out-of-pocket expenses, but most importantly your pain and suffering. It’s tough to put a dollar figure on what you’re going through right now.
Were you or a loved one severely injured due to a fall in Virginia and have questions about slip and fall case expectations? Contact our experienced Virginia slip and fall lawyers today for a free consultation and case evaluation.
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