If you are lucky, a slip and fall or trip and fall accident may cause you some minor embarrassment and leave you with a few bumps and bruises. Other times these accidents may lead to serious injuries such as fractures, dislocations, back and neck injuries, brain injuries, and nerve damage. In some cases, people may initially think that their injuries are not serious only to later experience a delayed onset of injury symptoms. If you have sustained injuries in a slip and fall accident on someone else’s property, contact a Lexington slip and fall lawyer at Gary C. Johnson, P.S.C., to discuss your potential premises liability claim.
Property owners, managers, and landlords have a duty to maintain their property and discover and remediate dangerous conditions so that guests and visitors are not injured on their property. When they breach that duty of care to guests and visitors, they may be responsible for any resulting injuries. We know that people are often reluctant to make claims against property owners, especially when the owners are friends and neighbors, but in the vast majority of cases, insurance companies are responsible for paying injury bills. Property owners are often not personally impacted by these premises liability claims.
As mentioned above, the majority of premises liability cases involve insurance companies for defendants. Insurance companies can make financial recovery difficult, especially when you are not represented by an attorney. If you are contacted by an insurance company, you should not speak with them until you have first consulted with an attorney. Insurance companies are not on your side and they do not care about fairly compensating you. They care about paying out as little as possible to close their claims quickly.
Our Lexington slip and fall attorneys are experienced negotiators and they are familiar with insurance company tactics. Some attorneys want to make quick settlement agreements for their clients and move on to the next case, but our attorneys want to make sure that you receive the compensation that you deserve. They will never recommend settling a claim that does not fairly compensate you and your family. Most slip-and-fall claims settle before trial, but our attorneys will take your case to trial when insurance companies are being unreasonable and unfair in their negotiations.
Contact our team at Gary C. Johnson, P.S.C., to discuss your claim and resulting injuries. Property owners have a duty to keep their premises safe for visitors and guests and they should be held accountable when they breach that duty of care.