Hiring a Lawyer after a Slip and Fall

Posted by: May 03, 2018Articles & Advice

Have you been injured by falling in a store, restaurant or other business – or, as we often see during winter in New England, in an icy entrance to a business? Did you slip and fall on a private residence, suffering injuries as a result? If so, you might be entitled to compensation. However, you will need a skilled premises liability lawyer in your corner. To find the right lawyer for you, follow the tips below.

Hiring a Lawyer after a Slip and Fall

Gather Your Evidence

You do not have to hire your own investigator and collect all evidence on your own. However, you will ideally gather some relevant information soon after falling:

  • The location of the fall
  • The hazard that caused you to fall
  • The date and time of the injury
  • Where you went for medical treatment
  • A picture of the hazard (if possible)

Any lawyer you meet with will find this information helpful for analyzing whether you have a valid legal claim to pursue. If you are too injured to collect this information, ask someone to help you.

Schedule a Free Consultation with a Lawyer

At Sabbeth Law, we offer all potential clients a free consultation and case review. The purpose of the meeting is to allow you to ask any questions you like so that you can make an informed decision about whether to hire us. We will also ask questions about the surrounding facts and circumstances to better understand whether you have a valid legal claim or whether we need more information.

Our consultations are confidential and risk-free. You only need to sign an engagement letter after agreeing to hire us.

Ask about the Lawyer’s Experience

A lawyer’s website should have some basic information, such as where they went to law school and when they started practicing law. For these reasons, focus more on the experience the lawyer has with slip and fall or trip and fall cases. Some lawyers focus mostly on divorce or criminal cases and do premises liability work on the side. Ideally, you will find someone who has handled many cases like your own. Ask the following:

  • How many slip and fall cases have you handled in the last year? The last 5 years?
  • How much of your practice becomes devoted to personal injury cases?
  • Have you ever sued the company or store where I was injured?
  • What information do I need that I don’t yet have?

Discuss Communication Styles

Legal claims don’t settle quickly. You might need to make a claim on the defendant’s insurance company and even file a lawsuit in court, all of which can take over a year. You will definitely want to be updated about what is happening, so ask how the lawyer likes to communicate.

Some lawyers prefer talking on the phone while others prefer email. Find a lawyer whose communication style fits your own.

Analyze whether the Lawyer was a “Good Fit”

After meeting for your consultation, look over your notes. Also, consider how comfortable you felt with the lawyer. Did he or she explain things in a way you could understand? Were you too scared to ask a question? Did he or she make sure to ask if you had any questions?  This aspect is so important to the attorney-client relationship but is ignored by many lawyers.

You’ll only be able to participate effectively in your case if you understand what is going on. A lawyer who uses big words or doesn’t take the time to make sure you understand your own case probably isn’t a good fit.

Injured in a Fall? The Vermont Slip and Fall Lawyers at Sabbeth Law are Here to Help

Slip and fall accidents can leave victims with thousands of dollars in medical expenses and lost wages. Fortunately, you can receive compensation if the property owner was negligent in how they maintained their property and that negligence caused your injury. Schedule your free consultation to start the process with us today.

Don’t delay. Vermont gives injured victims only three years from the date of the injury to bring a lawsuit.