Venturing into the legal world of personal injury can be an overwhelming journey. While you’re learning to deal with the new or worsened injuries that are a result of a slip and fall accident, it’s important to understand the proper way to proceed. If you’ve been hurt due to negligence of a store or business owner, or even a private property owner, you should seek the assistance of a personal injury attorney. The decision to seek legal counsel will be the biggest choice you make, and assuming that you choose wisely, this decision will ensure that you have the best possible chance of a positive outcome.
<b>Know the law…</b>
The very first step is to know the law. Understand that simply slipping and falling does not automatically make the property owner or manager liable. You must, with the help of one of the various Fountain Valley Slip and Fall Accident Lawyers, prove that the owner, manager, and/or employees were negligent and that that negligence directly led to your accident. With the right attorney, and given that your circumstances are applicable, this is not a difficult process.
<b>Do you go with a litigator, or a lawyer?</b>
While it’s a popular topic when dealing in personal injury cases, it’s important to note that usually a litigator builds a case and a trial lawyer uses that information during the trial. There are exceptions, however, and if the litigator is experienced enough to do so, he or she can sometimes have the case settled out of court and for more money than what would have been available had the case gone to a trial. In reality, it’s best to at least seek the consultation of an attorney who specializes in personal injury cases. Many Fountain Valley personal injury attorneys distinctively specialize in slip and fall cases. This is an ideal situation because the attorney is well versed in cases like this, and is local; the latter of which is important and will be explained.
<b>Local attorneys, if possible…</b>
It’s a good idea to use a local, free, and reliable lawyer referral service to help locate possible personal injury attorneys. Most areas have multiple services, and reputable organizations do not charge you, they charge the attorney for word of mouth advertisement. These services, however, will give you selections that may not be in your local area. In some situations this may be the best course of action and it all depends on your personal circumstances. If at all possible it’s a good idea to seek the assistance of a local attorney and the reason is straightforward. Local attorneys will be more personally accountable to you. In most instances they will return your calls faster, and will have a more personal connection to your case.
Always interview multiple attorneys. Never simply go with the first one. This is a life changing moment for you and it’s vital that the you choose the right person for the job.