How will my case be resolved after a slip-and-fall accident?
In almost all cases, compensation for your medical expenses and other losses after a slip-and-fall accident will come from the property owner’s or business manager’s insurance company. The work of a personal injury lawyer handling your case is to persuade the insurance company or a jury that you deserve to be compensated and by how much.
Often, slip-and-fall cases can be settled without going to court. You and your attorney and the insurance company (or the property owner directly in a few cases) come to an agreement on the amount of money you will be paid and, in return, you give up the right to sue. If such an agreement can be reached, it saves time – you get paid faster and can get on with your life.
You can accept a settlement at any point in the process. Your attorney will advise you about any settlement offer, and whether to accept is your decision.
The other option is to go to court and prove your injury and losses, and the property owner’s negligence. This will result in a verdict by a jury, which will be either for you or against you and will include what compensation you are to receive. At this point, either side may appeal, or the defendant’s insurer will make the ordered payment.