Sacramento Attorneys and Slip and Fall Accidents
A slip and fall accident is the most common type of premises liability case. While the idea of slipping and falling may not seem serious, it can result in severe injuries and, in some cases, even fatalities. If a hazardous property condition causes you to suffer a serious slip and fall injury, consult experienced lawyers and find out about your right to recover compensation. Mastagni Holstedt, A Professional Corporation is a Sacramento law firm with extensive legal experience that spans decades.
How can slip and fall accidents occur?
A slip and fall accident can occur practically anywhere at any time. An icy sidewalk, spilled food or liquids on a restaurant floor or an obscured hole on a golf course can cause a slip and fall accident. Whether or not you have a case depends on whether the property owner’s negligence was the cause of your personal injury.
Proving fault in a slip and fall case
Your Sacramento injury lawyer has the job of gathering evidence that shows the property owner was negligent. Photos of the hazardous condition and the injury sustained are often useful in a slip and fall case. Because most property owners carry some type of liability insurance, slip and fall cases generally involve insurance companies and their agents or attorneys who provide defense on behalf of their policy holders.
Insurance companies and their attorneys employ various strategies to win cases or reduce the amount of damages they have to pay. It is wise to have an experienced slip and fall attorney who understands their tactics and can protect your rights. For example, as a tactic to reduce payments, the insurance company may put pressure on the plaintiff to settle before reaching maximum medical improvement (MMI). Maximum medical improvement is the doctor’s evaluation that further treatment will not improve the condition. In many cases, injured parties cannot prove permanent disability until the physician evaluates MMI. When you have a lasting injury that affects your ability to work and requires ongoing medical treatment for the rest of your life, an early settlement that does not address the extent of your disability ― and this can be devastating.
Rely on experienced slip and fall attorneys
The Sacramento attorneys at Mastagni Holstedt, A Professional Corporation are familiar with insurance company tactics and work diligently to maximize your recovery. Find out how we can help. Contact us online or call 916-446-4692 for a free consultation.