Slip and fall accidents are frequently associated with older individuals. This view is at least partially justified by statistics. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), over 25% of all older Americans (aged 65 and above) will fall in any given year. However, falls can and do happen to people of all ages, especially when a negligent property owner leaves out a trip or slip hazard.
A Prosper slip and fall lawyer from Underwood Law Office can help you understand and protect your rights after this type of accident. Call our client intake team at (972) 316-4236 to see what we can do for you.
In This Article
- Why Slip and Fall Accidents Happen
- You Must Create a List of Damages
- Filing Your Lawsuit
- Reach Out to Underwood Law Office Today
Why Slip and Fall Accidents Happen
Slip and fall accidents can happen anywhere, including at home, at work, or at someone else’s place of business. Often, they are the result of a property owner or manager’s carelessness. These parties have a general responsibility to:
- Clean up slick spots
- Repair broken stairs or walkways
- Keep walkways free of obstructions
Failure to complete any or all of the above tasks in a timely manner can put you and your loved ones in danger. Slip and falls may lead to:
- Temporary injuries
- Permanent injuries
- Psychological trauma
- Financial stress
- Property damage
- The death of a loved one
Your accident may entitle you to compensation from the liable party. To learn more about hiring a Prosper slip and fall lawyer to work for you, call Underwood Law Office at (972) 316-4236. A member of our personal injury team is standing by to provide you with a free case review.
For a free legal consultation with a slip and fall lawyer serving Prosper, call (972) 535-6377
You Must Create a List of Damages
Maybe you have spent the time since the accident thinking about nothing but that event, or maybe you have been trying to forget it. Either way, you know how (and how seriously) your injuries have impacted your life. This knowledge can help you create a list of all the damages you are potentially entitled to.
Accidents can cost their victims a lot of money due to medical bills and reduced income. These types of damages are called economic damages. You may qualify for them based on:
- Loss of income: if your injuries prevented you from doing your job and forced you to stay home.
- Loss of earning capacity: if you have permanent injuries and can never earn the same salary as you did pre-accident.
- Cost of healthcare: if your injuries forced you to seek treatment from a doctor, specialist, surgeon, physical therapist, or any other health professional.
- Funeral expenses: if you had to cover the end-of-life expenses of a loved one who passed away because of a slip and fall accident.
Your injuries may also have an emotional and physical toll on you or permanently limit your abilities. These types of damages are called non-economic damages. You may qualify for them based on:
- Scarring: if the accident left you with physical marks that affect your appearance, self-confidence, or ability to use the scarred area.
- Disability: if your physical and/or intellectual abilities have suffered due to your injuries.
- Pain and suffering: if your physical and/or emotional wellbeing has suffered due to your injuries.
- Loss of companionship: if your loved one passed away from their slip and fall injuries, you might be able to collect compensation for the effect their absence has had on your life.
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Filing Your Lawsuit
Unfortunately, your right to recover damages is finite. According to Texas Civil Practice and Remedies Code §16.003, you typically have two years from the date of the accident (in personal injury cases) or the date of your loved one’s passing (in wrongful death cases) to begin your lawsuit. If you take too long to act, you may permanently forfeit your right to pursue monetary compensation via a lawsuit.
To get started, you can call Underwood Law Office and let a member of our team evaluate your case at no cost and no obligation to you. If you have a viable claim, we can provide you with a lawyer to:
- Explore your options: your lawyer will sit down with you, discuss all available options, and help you select the one that works for you.
- Find corroborating evidence: your lawyer can collect witness statements, medical records, and other forms of documentary evidence to strengthen your case.
- Communicate with the liable party: you never have to come into direct contact with the liable party, their lawyer, or their insurance company when Underwood Law Office represents you.
- Come to a settlement agreement: the insurance company might be willing to negotiate for a pretrial settlement. Your lawyer can handle these negotiations and review any offers you receive with you before you sign.
- Schedule court dates: what happens if the insurance company refuses to negotiate? Your lawyer will not hesitate to take your case to trial. We can take care of all of the prep work and even represent you in court.
- Work for a contingency fee: instead of paying us upfront or by the hour, you can pay us for our labor if and when you receive compensation.
This last point is especially important for those who may not have extra money to spend. A contingency fee is, in reality, a percentage of your compensation. You do not have to pay it until you recover compensation. If your lawyer cannot get compensation for you, then you owe us no attorney fees, period.
Reach Out to Underwood Law Office Today
If you suffered a slip and fall accident in Prosper, Texas, put Underwood Law Office on the case. A Prosper slip and fall lawyer from our firm can explain your options and help you implement whatever course of action you decide on.
Call us at (972) 316-4236 for your free case review with a representative of our firm.