3 FAQs Slip and Fall
- Who Pays for Medical Treatment and Lost Wages?
- What Evidence can be Used to Prove My Case?
- How Much is My Personal Injury Case Worth After a Slip and Fall or Trip and Fall in Buffalo, New York?
In personal injury cases such as slip and falls and trip and falls, your medical treatment is usually paid by your own medical insurance company, Medicare or Medicaid.
If you slipped and fell on someone else's property, the property owner may have a homeowner's insurance policy with a medical pay provision. In that case, the medical pay provision will cover your medical expenses before your personal insurance company would.
In addition, depending on the insurance policy that you have through work, you may qualify for New York State Short Term Disability benefits or Long Term Disability benefits.
It is important to know that some organizations, such as Medicare or Medicaid, will require that you pay them back if you obtain a judgement or settlement for your injuries and pain and suffering. However, the Dietrich Law Firm P.C.'s team of experienced slip and fall accident lawyers in Buffalo, New York account for this as we aggressively and tenaciously fight to recover the greatest compensation possible for our clients. Contact us today at 716-839-3939 if you were injured in a slip and fall accident in Buffalo, Rochester, Niagara Falls or elsewhere in New York State. We will battle for you!
The Dietrich Law Firm P.C.'s team of Buffalo, New York slip and fall trial lawyers have years of experience proving slip and fall cases and battling for the money our clients deserve for their injuries. Call us today at 716-839-3939 so our team can work to preserve evidence that is vital to proving your case. Evidence that can be used to prove a slip and fall or trip and fall injury case commonly includes:
- Cell phone pictures and videos of where you fell. This may include the general area along with specific dangerous conditions, and measurements of the conditions, that caused your fall.
- Cell phone pictures and videos of your injuries. These pictures may include any scarring, bruising, swelling or disfigurement that you suffered. Pictures can depict your injury immediately following the fall, as well as how your condition worsened or healed over a period of time.
- Accident Reports or Incident Reports. Accident reports help document what happened, where the accident happened, what the conditions of the area of the fall were like, what your immediate injuries were, and may identify names and contact information of witnesses to your fall.
- Your personal recollection of what made you fall. Your testimony concerning what caused your fall can be valuable to proving your case.
- Pictures of the footwear that you were wearing when you fell. Different types of footwear can either reduce or increase the risk of a slip and fall. Photographs of the type of shoe you were wearing, the condition of the soles of the shoe and how the shoe is held onto the foot can help establish that your footwear did not contribute to your slip and fall accident.
- Your medical records. The information contained in your medical records includes your diagnoses, the injuries that you suffered, what likely caused your injuries, your level of disability and treatment that will be necessary in the future.
- Witnesses to your fall. Witnesses can bolster your own testimony concerning your fall--confirming that your story is true or providing more detail about your fall. Additionally, even though you experienced the fall, you might not have had the best view of what caused your fall. A nearby eyewitness can testify as to the conditions of the area of your fall and what they saw happen.
- Witnesses to how your fall impacted your life. Often, individuals are unable to completely return to their normal activities following a slip and fall accident. Testimony from family members, friends, co-workers and other individuals who know you, and who observed how your slip and fall accident impacted your life, can help prove your damages and losses.
Each slip and fall or trip and fall case is unique. The following list provides a general outline of the important things to consider to determine how much your personal injury case is worth:
- The extent of your injuries;
- The extent of your medical care;
- Time you missed from work; and
- The impact that your fall has had on your daily activities.
Call the Dietrich Law Firm P.C. immediately at 716-839-3939 so that our aggressive, tenacious and hardworking personal injury lawyers can fight to obtain the best result for your personal injury claim in Buffalo, New York. We are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and there is never a fee until we WIN for you!