Slip and fall personal injury accidents are not always pursued to their fullest extent allowed under the law. The reason for this is often due to the injured person not fully understanding their legal rights. The business or property owner where the accident occurred may be supportive and offer to cover all of the medical expenses and treatments. While this is a decent gesture by the other party, it might limit your legal rights down the road. Most of the time, the goodwill is for a short period to cover your immediate injuries and could require you signing documentation that prevents you from taking further legal action against the party later.
Before signing away your legal rights, it is a good idea to consult with experienced slip and fall lawyers. Even if the other party is willing to cover your current medical expenses, it does not mean there can’t be long term damage requiring ongoing treatments. If you agree to settle with the other party’s insurance company on your own and take the immediate pay out to cover current medical bills, they often do not allow you to submit future bills for long term conditions. Rather, their insurance company expects for you to pay these yourself. What if you require surgery a year or two from now? Will your insurance cover it, or could you be looking at hundreds or tens of thousands of dollars out of your own pocket?
Most slip and fall lawyers offer a free consultation and case evaluation to see if you have grounds for filing a case. In addition, you should avoid talking to the other party’s insurance company until after your initial appointment with your attorney. If the attorney believes there is a case, they handle speaking to the insurance company on your behalf and working in your best interests to guarantee you receive the best monetary settlement possible.