Taking a fall or slipping on ice can cause a range of injuries, from torn muscles and broken bones to traumatic brain injuries. If you have experienced a fall because of someone else’s negligence, you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries and suffering. A settlement can help you pay your medical expenses and recover other financial losses.
To get the settlement you need, secure legal representation with a Bartlett personal injury lawyer from Gatti, Keltner, Bienvenu, & Montesi PLC.
Speak with a Lawyer Before Accepting Any Settlement
Injuries caused by slips or falls can be serious and lead to physical pain, financial stress, and emotional upheaval. It can be tempting to accept an initial offer of compensation by the at-fault party’s insurance company. Do not accept any offer without first speaking with an attorney. Secure legal representation and have your lawyer manage all communication with the at-fault party’s representatives.
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Insurance Companies Are Not on Your Side
An insurance company’s priority is to protect itself. Paying compensation to victims of a slip or fall can be expensive, and these companies want to mitigate their own losses. They are not concerned about your future financial well-being.
To protect their assets, insurance companies work hard to deflect responsibility from the at-fault party and put it on you. Sometimes, they proactively offer you a lowball settlement, tricking you into thinking it is the best you can hope for when they know your case is worth more.
An experienced Bartlett slip-and-fall lawyer from Gatti, Keltner, Bienvenu, & Montesi PLC will not entertain such low offers of fall for coercive tactics. Your lawyer will advocate for you boldly and knowledgeably so your needs are met and justice is served through a fair settlement.
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Tennessee Fault Laws and Your Settlement
Because Tennessee injury cases operate under the modified comparative system, if you share fault for the accident causing your injuries, your settlement can be affected.
As long as you are less than 50% responsible for the accident, you can receive compensation. If you share some fault, 5% for example, your compensation is reduced by that percentage of fault. If your level of fault exceeds 50%, you cannot pursue a settlement.
These laws make it essential for you to have an expert slip-and-fall accident attorney in Bartlett on your side. Insurance companies will absolutely work to “up” your degree of fault. Your lawyer will combat those attempts and collect thorough evidence to show the at-fault party’s negligence.
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Negligent Parties in Bartlett Slip-and-Fall Accidents
To pursue and collect a settlement after slipping and hurting yourself, you have to prove the at-fault party’s negligence caused your injuries.
Property owners, employers, businesses, and anyone who owns space where people are permitted entry, owe those visitors an obligation of safety. The property owners are responsible for maintaining spaces that do not present dangers to visitors.
For example, if a wet supermarket floor is left without a caution sign and a shopper slips, that store owner could hold responsibility for the accident. If a person’s place of work does not have properly lit stairwells and the worker falls down the stairs, the employer or business or building owner could be culpable.
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A Slip-and-Fall Accident Can Be Life Changing
A fall down a flight of stairs, a slip on a wet or icy surface, or a trip over an uneven sidewalk takes only a moment but can cause lifelong consequences. The Center for Disease Control (CDC) reports falls are the most common cause of traumatic brain injuries and that one of five falls causes broken bones or serious head injury. Over 95% of hip fractures are caused by falls. For a recent full year of data collection, fall-related medical expenses exceeded $50 billion.
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), 37.3 million falls require medical attention every year. Per year, falls are the second-leading cause of unintentional deaths.
The serious injuries caused by a fall can prevent you from working and earning, interacting with loved ones, caring for yourself independently, and from enjoying life as you did prior to your injury. The financial and emotional stress will affect your entire household. A fair settlement will relieve you and your loved ones of some of that financial stress, allowing you to concentrate on physical and emotional restoration.
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Damages You Can Recover
Your experienced Bartlett slip-and-fall lawyer will review your case and determine the amount of an adequate settlement. Every case is unique, but you can expect your lawyer to seek coverage for both economic and non-economic losses.
Economic losses affect your financial situation, including:
- Medical expenses, those already incurred and those you will continue to face throughout your recovery or permanently, should you require lifelong care.
- Lost wages from missed work and lost future wages if you cannot return to work.
Non-economic losses cost you something other than money, including:
- Diminished enjoyment of life should the effects of your fall prevent you from participating in activities, socializing, moving through your daily life independently, or interacting with loved ones as you did in your pre-accident condition.
- The suffering you and your loved one must endure. Suffering includes the physical pain, and emotional and psychological distress your injuries have produced.
Ways a Slip-and-Fall Lawyer in Bartlett Will Help You
To get the highest settlement possible, you need to build a strong case. Equipped with the knowledge of Tennessee’s personal injury laws and experience with prior personal cases, a Bartlett slip-and-fall lawyer from Gatti, Keltner, Bienvenu, & Montesi PLC is the best person to construct your case. Your lawyer will:
- Collect comprehensive evidence.
- Submit your claim and other required legal documents within Tennessee’s statute of limitations.
- Conduct settlement negotiations with the at-fault party’s representatives, always advocating for your best interests.
- Communicate with you regarding the status of your case, advising you of your best course of action when you face high-stakes decisions.
- Represent you at trial if you must take your case to court.
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It is best to consult with a lawyer as soon as possible following your accident. Click on the Gatti, Keltner, Bienvenu, & Montesi PLC contact page today and call or send a message requesting your free consultation. One of our compassionate Bartlett slip-and-fall attorneys will review your case and discuss your options with you.
We look forward to representing you and bringing you and your loved ones the financial settlement you deserve.