Protecting Your Slip-And-Fall Claims

Have you been injured while on someone's property? Did their carelessness cause your injury? These can be complex questions in the context of premises liability cases. In order to have a successful case, the facts must align properly or you may be denied compensation.

But determining if you have a case is itself complex. An attorney will be vital in evaluating the evidence and presenting the strongest possible case on your behalf. Ruth Smith is experienced at examining slip-and-fall cases.

Understanding The Law In North Carolina

The problem in North Carolina is that it is a "contributory negligence" state, and if you were found to be just one percent negligent in causing your injuries, you cannot recover.

Determining the level of contributory negligence is never simple. Describing your facts and explaining what happened to a lawyer is a good first step. Ruth Smith offers free initial consultations, so you can speak with her and she can help you decide if you have a viable case.

South Carolina Is More Forgiving

With a slip-and-fall case in South Carolina, your prospect of a recovery is improved, as the comparative negligence law there only reduces your recovery by your percentage of negligence. So, if you were found to have contributed 10 percent of the negligence that caused your injury, you would still recover 90 percent of the damages awarded.

Genuine And Often Severe Injuries

Some injured people attempt to minimize the injuries in a slip and fall. In reality, they can be severe. When you fall, you may suffer compound fractures in the bones of the arm. If you fall backward, striking your head on a hard floor or pavement can cause a severe concussion or serious damage to the spine. People have died falling in this manner.

If you have slipped and fallen in a store, restaurant or parking lot, you should immediately seek medical attention and inform the business of what happened. Documenting the physical condition of the floor or surface and obtaining witness names and contact information can be helpful should your injuries warrant a lawsuit to obtain compensation.

Find Out How Ruth Can Help Today!

When you have been injured in a slip and fall, you may not know if you have a claim. Ruth Smith can help you figure out if you have a valid claim and work to obtain compensation. Call today for a free initial consultation at 828-782-3832 or use the convenient online form. Based in Asheville, Ruth Smith works with clients across North and South Carolina.

Each case is different. Many factors such as the severity of injuries, ability to prove liability, amount of liability insurance coverage, jurisdiction, medical expenses, and many other factors can determine the outcome of a particular case. You should not use these examples as a representation of what recovery you will obtain in your particular case, as every case is unique. Ruth Smith does not guarantee that the outcome of your case will be similar to the results listed above.