There are a lot of myths out there surrounding slip and fall cases. Unfortunately, you may have heard one or more of these myths and believed them. As a result, you may think that you have a case when you may not, or you may not think you have a case when you do. This is why it is so important to talk to a personal injury lawyer following a slip and fall accident that has left you injured. A lawyer can help you to sort out the truth and determine if you may have a compensable case. Here are three common myths related to slip and fall accidents and the truth about these myths.
Anytime You Slip and Fall on Private Property, the Property Owner Is Responsible for Your Injuries
Unfortunately, this is a myth that many people believe. However, it is not true. Just because you slip and fall on someone's property does not mean they are responsible for your injuries. They have to have been negligent or taken action that led to or caused your fall. Tripping over your own two feet is not a property owner's fault, and they cannot be held liable for your actions.
You Are Not Entitled to Compensation If an Accident Occurred on Public Property
If you slip or trip on public property, you can still be entitled to compensation. There are different rules and laws that apply to state and federal property, so talk to an attorney to learn what steps you need to take to proceed.
Warning Signs Preclude Anyone From Filing a Personal Injury Lawsuit
A warning sign is not a legal get-out-of-jail-free card. Posting a sign that the floors are slick or that the handrail is broken does not preclude you from filing a claim if you were injured. As such, you should never assume you cannot file a claim because there was a warning or hazard sign.
You Can Only Receive Compensation for Your Injuries
Lastly, you do not only receive compensation for your injuries. You can receive compensation for lost wages, current and future medical expenses, permanent injuries, and pain and suffering.
Following a slip and fall accident, you should always consult with an attorney. Many people avoid seeking the help of any attorney because they do not feel they have a case or they think talking to an attorney will be costly. Most personal injury lawyers offer a free consultation where they can help you if you have a case. You cannot afford not to talk to an attorney after a slip and fall accident. Contact a personal injury lawyer to get started today.