While many people look suspiciously on slip and fall accidents at a retail business, injuries sustained in such accidents can be serious. Falling down can result in sprains, broken bones or, if you hit your head, serious concussions or worse. If you’ve had a slip and fall accident in a supermarket or other retail business, you may need to hire a lawyer to help you recover medical and other living expenses.
Public Liability Law
While businesses are not necessarily required to have public liability insurance, most businesses that deal with the public will have public liability policies. Such insurance can help protect their business assets if a customer gets sick or dies and the business is found responsible due to negligence on their part. However, it can be difficult to prove negligence in some cases, so if you do have an accident like a slip and fall in a retail store, you need to contact an attorney who is an expert in public liability law.
One reason that businesses are reluctant to pay the medical expenses of victims of slip and fall accidents is due to scams that have been run against them. Some less than scrupulous people will ‘accidentally’ slip and fall in a store, fake injuries and file lawsuits against them. Most businesses, in order to quickly settle the suit for less than what is being asked for, will offer a settlement to the victim and end up paying thousands of dollars for lost wages and pain and suffering.
Since many of these lawsuits have ended up being scams, legitimate slip and fall accident victims have a harder time getting businesses to pay their medical expenses when they have had legitimate injuries. A serious slip and fall accident will not only lead to medical expenses for the victim, but, in some cases, they may not be able to work while they are recovering. This means they will be unable to pay their bills, buy food or support their families.
Hiring an Attorney
If you are having difficulty with an accident claim against a business, you need to consider hiring a law firm like Maurice Blackburn Lawyers in Sydney. When you contact an attorney, they will interview you about what happened to see if you have a legitimate case against the business where the accident took place. If they determine they can help you, they will investigate the business, collect your medical information to show the result of the accident and, if necessary, file a lawsuit on your behalf.
When a lawsuit is filed, you can sue the business for your medical expenses, including those that may be incurred in the future as a result of the accident, lost wages, pain and suffering and for home health care if you need it during your recovery. Many attorneys will usually take these type of cases on a contingency basis—meaning if they don’t win the case, they will not be compensated for their time, so you know they have a vested interest in winning your case.