After a slip and fall accident, a victim may just want to move on. Even if they incurred significant expenses, they might be inclined to settle their case with the insurance company and be done with it. However, they might rue this decision since the value of the settlement may be too low to cover their bills and compensate the victim for their physical and other damages.
Instead of handling your (or your loved one’s) case on your own, let a Hayward slip and fall lawyer from Nadrich & Cohen manage it. Our lawyer will evaluate your damages fairly, negotiate with the insurer, and fight for a fair outcome. In addition, we’ll tell you more during a free case review.
Can I Claim Compensation for a Slip and Fall in California?
If you slipped and fell on someone else’s property, you could have a personal injury case and claim compensation from the property owner. However, you must show how the property owner (or their agents) was negligent in failing to deal with something wrong with the property. For example, if a store manager didn’t have an employee clean a spill on the floor, you might have a case.
You can file a personal injury claim against the property owner to claim compensation. However, you may want to contact a slip and fall lawyer from our firm before you do. Our team can evaluate your damages fairly for you, file your claim, prevent the insurer from devaluing your damages, and negotiate a fair settlement on your behalf.
If you’ve already filed a claim, the insurance company might have contacted you already or get in contact soon. However, you don’t have to speak with the adjuster. Instead, direct them to speak with a lawyer from our firm.
How Much Is a Slip and Fall Case Worth in California?
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After your incident, you may have been left with severe injuries and pain. As a result, you may have expensive medical bills. However, you can claim these damages and others in your personal injury claim.
Your attorney will calculate your damages for you—even your noneconomic damages, like your pain and suffering. Your lawyer will use a specific valuation method insurance companies and other lawyers generally recognize.
The Damages You Could Claim in a Slip and Fall
California law allows personal injury victims to claim and recover economic and noneconomic damages related to their incident and injuries. So, you may be able to recover the following damages:
- Pain and suffering
- Mental anguish
- Lost income
- Medical bills
- Physical and occupational therapy
- Diminished quality of life since the accident
- Assistive devices (e.g., walker or wheelchair) or outfitting your home to accommodate a disability
You could also claim wrongful death damages—such as funeral expenses, loss of companionship, and loss of family income—if your loved one died due to a slip and fall accident.
Negotiating or Litigating Your Slip and Fall Case
The value of your case won’t matter unless your lawyer negotiates a fair settlement for you. During settlement talks, your lawyer will point to the evidence they’ve collected to show the insurance adjuster how the property owner or manager failed to uphold their duty of care to keep you safe from harm.
By collecting evidence of their negligence and the extent of your losses, we should be able to convince the insurer of the validity of your claim. Unfortunately, we sometimes deal with unreasonable adjusters unwilling to offer a fair settlement. When that happens, your lawyer will litigate your case before a judge and jury.
Your Hayward slip and fall attorney will file a lawsuit and fight for you in court. There, your lawyer can have an expert provide testimony to support your case and establish to a jury how the at-fault party’s negligence led to your losses.
What Is the Statute of Limitations on a Slip and Fall in California?
Filing a lawsuit may be your best option, so you should keep the statute of limitations in mind. Per CCP § 335.1, the deadline for filing a personal injury lawsuit is two years from the incident date. In addition, the deadline for a wrongful death lawsuit is two years from the day your loved one passed away.
A Hayward slip and fall injury lawyer from our firm can help advance your case and meet the specific deadline for your case, so you don’t lose the opportunity to fight for the justice and compensation you deserve.
About Our Slip and Fall Lawyers in Hayward
For decades now, our personal injury attorneys have assisted Californians with their slip and fall cases and other personal injury claims. As a result, we’ve helped to settle or litigate many cases totaling millions of dollars in damages.
Our attorneys work on contingency, meaning you pay nothing upfront. Only if your lawyer recovers compensation for you will you pay any attorney’s fees. This arrangement should make hiring an attorney very affordable for you. In addition, your initial consultation is free, and you’re under no obligation to work with us once we’ve met.
Finally, if you need further medical attention, your slip and fall lawyer can refer you to one of the doctors we trust. Again, you won’t have to pay the doctor until your case resolves.
Contact Nadrich & Cohen for Your Hayward Slip and Fall Attorney
You don’t have to negotiate with the property owner’s insurer or communicate with them at all. Instead, you can let one of our slip and fall attorneys handle your case. We handle slip, trip, and fall accident cases regularly, so your lawyer will be able to negotiate or litigate your case for you.
We’ll discuss your legal options with you during a free consultation and explain how one of our attorneys can help you seek the compensation you need to cover mounting bills. So, contact Nadrich & Cohen today for your free consultation.