Most people have experienced small accidents on other people’s property, such as a stubbed toe or stumbling over a cardboard box. These incidents are harmless, and most people forget about them and move on. However, in certain circumstances, the owner of the property is so negligent in maintaining his or her property that the injury sustained requires serious medical treatment and rehabilitation. Also, a premises liability suit can be tricky. Here are 3 reasons why you should consider hiring an attorney if you’ve been seriously injured in a premises liability accident.
Reason #1: No Two Cases Are Exactly the Same
There are as many types of personal injury suits as there are personal injuries. A 30-year-old man who slips and falls in a grocery store might not sustain the same kind of damage a 60-year-old man might in the same situation. Each case must be evaluated based on its unique facts and circumstances, which takes the experience of a skilled personal injury attorney.
Reason #2: You Must Prove Liability
In order to pursue a premises liability case, you must prove the following:
- The defendant must be an owner or occupier of the land or premises
- You must have been an express or implied invitee there for a lawful purpose
- The accident must have occurred because of the defendant’s failure to exercise ordinary care for the premises
If you’re unsure whether or not you can prove liability, this is when consulting a personal injury attorney would be useful. He or she will have the experience and skill to evaluate and investigate your case to determine how strong your claim is.
Reason #3: Many Personal Injury Lawyers Work on a Contingency Fee Basis
The most common reason people don’t hire lawyers is the cost. Attorneys are expensive, particularly if they are paid by the hour. However, many personal injury attorneys work on a contingency fee basis. This means they don’t collect any legal fees unless they win your case. Likewise, in a personal injury case, part of the settlement is used to pay your legal fees, meaning if you win, the person responsible for paying for your medical bills will also be responsible for compensating you for the cost of needing to sue them.
Contact Pratt Clay, LLC
If you’re interested in discussing the details of your case with an experienced Atlanta premises liability attorney, call Pratt Clay, LLC today. We have decades of legal experience to offer you, and our founding attorney, Chuck Clay, has tried cases in 10 different states across the country. Let us evaluate your case and see how we can get you compensation for your medical bills and lost wages.