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Can Someone Sue You For Falling On Your Sidewalk?

Fall down injury cases (called “premises liability” cases) are one of the most common kinds of injury cases I get called about. But they are much more complicated than most people realize.

Many people call me and tell me that since they fell on someone’s property, the property owner is liable for their medical bills. But that is not the law at all.

In fact, it is much harder to sue someone for falling on their property than it is to sue them for a car accident or many other kinds of cases.

I would say that more than half of the people who call me with a fall down type case have some problem, which makes the case difficult or impossible to prove.

For example, if snow or rain or ice falls out of the sky onto a sidewalk and that snow or ice causes someone to fall down, then there is no case. Also, you cannot sue someone for failing to shovel or put down rock salt on their sidewalk or stairs.

However, if there is a gutter or a roof, or some kind of overhang that causes rain or snow to melt and deposit water or ice in a particular area, that might be the basis for suing someone.

Or if a sidewalk is cracked or broken or has a hole in it, which allows water, snow, or ice to pool and freeze and then become covered by newly fallen snow or tree leaves, that might be the basis for a case.

The simple truth is: you can try to sue anyone for lots of different reasons. But personal injury lawyers who handle fall down cases understand that they are tough cases to prove. Years ago, it was easier to find a lawyer to help you with the fall down a case.

But it has been my experience from talking to injured people that it is often difficult to find a lawyer to help you if you have been injured in a fall.

So can you be sued if someone falls on your sidewalk?

The short answer is yes. However, whether that person will ever find a lawyer willing to file a lawsuit really depends on the particular facts of your case. It is a good idea to speak with a lawyer who has handled fall down cases when talking about the details of your case.

If you have homeowners insurance and somebody was hurt on your property, you should call your insurance company and report it right away. Part of your homeowner’s insurance includes that your insurance company will hire a lawyer to represent you if you are sued.

If you have fallen on somebody else’s property and you believe it is the result of their neglect or carelessness, then talk to a lawyer right away.

I have quite a bit of experience in these kinds of cases. In fact, I have been able to obtain settlements for clients in cases where other lawyers turned them away or told them they did not have much of a chance.

There are a lot of law cases and rules for these kinds of cases and this makes fall down cases complex. But a good lawyer with lots of experience handling these kinds of cases knows all the cases and laws.

One little detail in a case like this can mean the difference between winning and losing. Either way, if you have this sort of situation going on (if you are afraid of being sued, or if you have been injured on somebody else’s property), then you should call me.

Fall on Private Sidewalk Versus Fall on a City Sidewalk

As mentioned earlier, yes, you can sue for falling on a sidewalk. Many people I speak to who is injured in a fall believe that the law says that if you fall on someone else’s property, they have to pay your medical bills. I don’t know where this comes from, but it is not the law in Illinois.

In Illinois, if you want to sue for injuries related to a fall down, you have to prove:

(1) what caused you to fall;

(2) prove that what caused you to fall was unreasonably dangerous;

(3) prove that the thing which caused you to fall was created by the property owner or;

(4) that the property owner knew or should have known about it.

If you trip on a sidewalk, a big challenge in a case like that is proving that the crack in the sidewalk is “unreasonably dangerous.” Most people don’t think of a crack or a height difference between two slabs in a sidewalk as unreasonably dangerous.

Due to the crummy conditions of Chicago city sidewalks, people see that as a normal condition of the sidewalk. They think that you should just have been more careful. Of course, when THEY fall on the sidewalk, their opinion changes!

Another challenge in a sidewalk fall down case against the city of Chicago is proving that the city of Chicago knew or should have known about the problem.

The City of Chicago often defends sidewalk fall down cases by claiming that they did not know about the particular broken sidewalk, even when it is in terrible condition. They make the argument that they have hundreds of miles of sidewalks to monitor and repair.

Unless someone specifically complains about a sidewalk, there’s not much that can be done. If you have fallen in a sidewalk, one of the best things that you can do is talk to people who live in the area to see if you can get witnesses who will testify about how long the problem existed.  

If you can call ordinary people who can honestly say that a problem existed for five years, then it will be up to the jury to decide whether they want to live in a city that leaves sidewalks broken for five years.

You can fall on a private sidewalk or one owned by the City of Chicago. Well, technically ‘held in trust’ by the City of Chicago.

Chicago has no sidewalk inspection system and I have honest doubts as to whether their record keeping is for the express purpose of helping them defend fall down cases on City sidewalks.  

Many lawyers have abandoned taking city sidewalk cases because they are hard to win and the City of Chicago rarely or never makes a settlement offer. But I am not afraid of them.

Keep in mind that the City of Chicago defends hundreds of fall down cases on city sidewalks per year. They have lawyers assigned to nothing but these kinds of cases. How good would you be at your job if you did the same thing every day?

There is no question that city of Chicago lawyers know how to defend these cases, so you better hire a lawyer who is very good at putting these cases together. Also, the Tort Immunity Act gives the City many, many advantages on sidewalk fall down cases.

Literally, it is harder to prove a case against the City for a sidewalk fall down than any other Defendant, other than maybe a fall in a park or other recreational property.

Since they do not settle, that means a lawyer who takes a case like this knows he or she is going to be working on the case for years.

They also know that it is virtually guaranteed that the case is going to go to trial, though there is a small possibility that the case will settle right before trial. This is small consolation to an injured person and their lawyer.

Because at this point, the client has already given a deposition. In addition, the lawyer had handled the case for a long time, has advanced case costs and invested a lot of time into the case. As you can see, you can sue for falling on a sidewalk.  

But these cases are much more complicated than many people understand them to be. A fall on a private sidewalk or driveway is easier to prove than a fall on a city sidewalk.

If you’ve been injured in a fall down on a sidewalk, or if you have fallen on a sidewalk and want to talk to a lawyer, I am available to speak with you for free and give you my opinion about what our chances for success would be.

In a nutshell, in a fall down case, you have to prove that whoever was owning or managing the property knew or should have known about the condition that caused you to fall in enough time for them to have fixed it.

In other words, if there was nothing wrong with the property that caused you to fall, then you cannot sue for it. If you really just tripped over a curb and the curb was in a good state of repair and there was no other issue, then I do not like your chances of winning a case.

Think about it: so you got hurt and you think you have a personal injury case. Ask yourself:

  • Who are you going to sue and why?  
  • Did they do something wrong which caused you to fall down and get hurt?  
  • If they didn’t do something wrong and if that wrong act didn’t make you fall down, then why would you want that person to be responsible for your personal injuries, anyway?  That wouldn’t be fair.

Lots of people get hurt and there is no one to blame. In those circumstances, there is no lawsuit or claim to make. In every kind of personal injury case, you have to prove that the person you’re suing did something wrong.

If you got hurt and no one did anything wrong, then you can’t sue anybody. But only an experienced attorney who knows a lot about fall down cases can advise you properly as to whether you have a case.

I’ve had a lot of success in fall down personal injury cases, even when, at first, it seemed unlikely that we had a theory of what the defendant did wrong. But I am very good at examining the circumstances and figuring out if everything was okay.

If you have detailed questions, the best thing for you to do is call me at my office. I offer a free case evaluation in person or over the telephone.

I am happy to talk to you whether you have a case or not and I can probably give you some very valuable insight and advice to your situation and what your next step should be.

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Can You Sue If You Trip on A Curb?

Can You Sue If You Trip on A Curb?

I got an email from a guy who wanted to know if he could sue if he tripped on the curb and got hurt.

So I figured I would answer that question for everyone.

Fall down cases are way more complicated than most people think, and more complicated than most personal injury lawyers explain to people.

That’s because a lot of people think that if you fall down on someone else’s property, they are automatically obligated to pay your medical bills. But that is not the law.

In a nutshell, in a fall down case, you have to prove that whoever was owning or managing the property new or should have known about the condition that caused you to fall in enough time for them to have fixed it.

In other words, if there was nothing wrong with the property that causes you to fall, then you cannot sue for it. So if you really just tripped over a curb and the curb was in a good state of repair and there was no other issue of a hole or snow or ice or something other than you just tripping on a perfectly okay curb, then I do not like your chances of winning a case. These are complicated cases so I always tell personal injury clients to call me when they have fallen.

Think about it:  so you got hurt and you think you have a personal injury case.  Who are you going to sue, and why?  Did they do something wrong which caused you to fall down and get hurt?  If they didn’t do something wrong, and if that wrong act didn’t make you fall down, then why would you want that person to be responsible for your personal injuries, anyway?  That wouldn’t be fair.

Lots of people get hurt and there is no one to blame.  In those circumstances, there is no lawsuit or claim to make.

In every kind of personal injury case, you have to prove that the person you’re suing did something wrong. If you got hurt and no one did anything wrong, then you can’t sue anybody. But only an experienced attorney who knows a lot about fall down cases can advise you properly as to whether you have a case. I’ve had a lot of success in fall down personal injury cases, even when, at first, it seemed unlikely that we had a theory of what the defendant did wrong. But I am very good at examining the circumstances and figuring out if everything was okay. So if you have detailed questions the best thing for you to do is call me at my office.

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"Hiring Scott was one of the best moves I have made in my life.   Scott is a down to earth person and attorney.  Scott is a 5 star first class act who really knows his stuff.   The Judge said his presentation was one of if not the best he had ever seen.   Take my advice, hire Scott. I’m sure you’ll be 200% satisfied.  I was."

Richard Lange

Cab Driver, Fall Down                  

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CTA Bus Injury – What Should You Do If You Got Hurt on the CTA?

CTA Bus Injury - What Should You Do If You Got Hurt on the CTA?

HURT ON THE CTA?  CTA bus injury lawyer Scott DeSalvo answers a client's question about a fall on a CTA bus. The answer can help YOU to know what to do if you got hurt on the CTA bus or train, no matter how the injury happened.  You do not want to try to handle the case yourself.

The caller, Danielle, fell on a bus when it was raining. The floor was set, and the bus driver drove the bus so it jerked and shook. So, Danielle fell down and hurt her leg and her lower back.

In this video, Mr. DeSalvo answers Danielle's questions to help give her some information to assist her in decision making as to her next step in her CTA injury case.

Of course, speaking with a lawyer who is in possession of the actual details of the case is the only way to really know whether you have a chance at recovery in any kind of injury case, and that includes when you got hurt on the CTA. I am going to explain a little about the injury claims process that the Chicago Transit Authority has.

You see, CTA bus drivers, train operators and even supervisors who are called to the scene of a crash or an injury will often give you a claims number so that you can call the CTA and open an injury claim.  I have been an injury lawyer for almost 20 years.  Do you know how many time I have heard of an injured person actually being paid anything for their injuries or getting the medical bills paid by making an injury claim through the CTA?

Never.  Not once in almost 20 years.

I think that the CTA claims process is false.  It is a farce.  It is designed to get injured people to give the CTA information about you, your injuries and your medical treatment.  They do this NOT to evaluate your claim for purposes of settling.  Instead, they do it, I believe, SOLELY for the purpose of finding weaknesses in your case.

So they hand out witness cards to other people on the bus, but they do it to find a way to contest your injury case.  CTA lawyers will ask to take a recorded statement from you, but it is mainly to figure out a way to poke holes in your case and get you to say things that you do not even realize hurt your case.  That's why talking to a lawyer who knows what to do when you get hurt on the CTA is the key to improving your chances to win fair compensation for your injuries.

They have lawyers, and you deserve the advice of a lawyer, too.  Why should they get legal advice and you have to go in 'blind', not knowing what they are really doing?  Consult with a lawyer and level the playing field.

Every case is different and there are certain to be wrinkles to the facts of your case that make it somewhat unique.  One simple fact, and knowing how to mitigate it if it is a bad one, can mean the difference between a good outcome or having your case thrown out of Court.  As much as it is unpleasant to think about calling a lawyer, not all lawyers are jerks.  Many of us a very nice people and will spend some time with you on the telephone so you can explain what happened and what your concerns are.  If you have a lawyer who is a jerk, say goodbye and call another one.  Find a lawyer who is courteous and knowledgeable about how to handle such cases as when you call the lawyer and say "I got hurt on the CTA and I need  help..."

That's why most good injury lawyers offer a free consultation in person or over the telephone.  You can learn a lot from one of these free consultations. They cost you nothing, but what you might learn could win your case, or prevent you from losing it.

If you have questions or need more help, give me a call, toll-free, at 888-HURT-318 (888-487-8318). Free, no obligation consultation in person or by phone.

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Testimonials

"Hiring Scott was one of the best moves I have made in my life.   Scott is a down to earth person and attorney.  Scott is a 5 star first class act who really knows his stuff.   The Judge said his presentation was one of if not the best he had ever seen.   Take my advice, hire Scott. I’m sure you’ll be 200% satisfied.  I was."

Richard Lange

Cab Driver, Fall Down                  

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Blind Justice Podcast – Episode 101 – Personal Injury

Blind Justice Podcast - Episode 101 - Personal Injury

Get Your FREE Injury "Cheat Sheet"

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Testimonials

"Hiring Scott was one of the best moves I have made in my life.   Scott is a down to earth person and attorney.  Scott is a 5 star first class act who really knows his stuff.   The Judge said his presentation was one of if not the best he had ever seen.   Take my advice, hire Scott. I’m sure you’ll be 200% satisfied.  I was."

Richard Lange

Cab Driver, Fall Down                  

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Injury Information for Non-Lawyers

Injury Information for Non-Lawyers

Injury and Accident Lawyer Scott D. DeSalvo explains why regular people must arm themselves with injury information to protect their right to recover when they have been involved in a work accident or car accident, or any type of injury.

I wrote a Special Report filled with injury information written for regular people, not injury lawyers.  I later expanded the Report into an entire package that I send out for free to people who have suffered a personal injury.  It doesn’t matter whether they hire me or whether their case is already over or even if they have no case.  And the information in the Book, Report, DVD and CD all relate to a car accident, Workers Comp, slip, and fall, dog bite — pretty much every kind of injury case, because although they are all very different, many of the details and secret tricks you need to know are similar.

I self-publish the book and we re-produce the DVD and CD “in house’ at my personal injury law firm to keep costs down and to be able to send them out the injury information ‘on demand’ to people who need this important information to protect themselves and their loved ones if they have been hurt.

And I obviously send them out free of charge and no-obligation.  I am doing this because I take the public service obligations of being a lawyer seriously.  Even if I cannot earn money from a person with a case does not mean that I cannot help them and the general public with information about injury cases and injury lawyers that I wish more people knew.

The book tells the story of why I became a lawyer and how my father was injured in a serious Workers Comp case, and his case went on for 17 years.  He missed the opportunity to recover more money in a third party personal injury case because of the lawyers he hired.  His bad experience really had a profound negative effect on his life.  He was a victim once, being injured, and for the rest of his life, in addition to his injuries, he felt ‘screwed over’ by the system.

I do not want anyone else or anyone’s family to have to go through this sort of thing.  And you do not have to.  You need to know your rights, and the things to do to protect your cash value, and the things NOT to do, because they can really hurt your case.

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Testimonials

"Hiring Scott was one of the best moves I have made in my life.   Scott is a down to earth person and attorney.  Scott is a 5 star first class act who really knows his stuff.   The Judge said his presentation was one of if not the best he had ever seen.   Take my advice, hire Scott. I’m sure you’ll be 200% satisfied.  I was."

Richard Lange

Cab Driver, Fall Down                  

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Fall Down Injury Cases

Fall Down Injury Cases

Fall down cases are very common, especially in places like Chicago where it snows a lot. But fall down injury cases involve a lot more than just people who fall on a slippery sidewalk.

Every year, thousands of people slip and fall inside of grocery stores, and retail stores all over the United States. Sometimes, these falls are random occurrences. But usually, they are because the store or the property owner or manager did not keep the store safe for people coming in there to do their shopping.

A common defense in fall down injury cases is that the person who fell should have been watching where they were going. But in a grocery store as on a crowded sidewalk, people do not normally walk down the street with their head down watching every step they take. No one walks like that. In fact, it would be dangerous to walk like that. When you walk, you have to try not to bump into other people. If you are in a grocery store, the store owner does everything in his or her power to make you look at the shelves so you will buy more products. After all, that is how the store owner makes money.

I have talked to many people who think that if they fall on someone else’s property, that automatically means that the property owner must pay their medical bills. This is absolutely 100% incorrect. There is no such law or requirement.

Instead, fall down cases are some of the most difficult kinds of injury cases to prove. In order to prove most fall down injury cases, we have to be able to prove what caused you to fall as well as proving how long the problem existed. That’s because we have to be able to show that the owner or manager of the property knew about the problem and did nothing to fix it or that the problem was there for so long that if they were managing their property properly, they would’ve or should have discovered it and fixed it.

I have represented people in fall down cases on sidewalks, on public property, private property, in grocery stores, liquor stores, convenience stores, and all sorts of facilities. Most people do not fall down spontaneously and for no reason. It is usually because the environment that they encounter is unsafe for some reason.  I have handled a lot of falls downstairs where a landlord paints stairs with slippery paint, or loose carpet makes stairs dangerous because when somebody steps on the carpeted steps, the carpeting shifts and slides under their feet causing them to lose balance, and dark stairways make it hard to see the dangerous condition to protect yourself from it.

The important thing to remember is this area of the law is much more complicated than most folks understand. And most defense attorneys who defend these cases are specialists in the area. So if you have been injured in a fall, it is essential that you hire a lawyer who has lots of experience in fall down cases and understands all the law cases so that your lawyer will know the evidence he or she needs to prove your case.

I am approaching my second decade of practice representing injured people. I have handled literally hundreds of fall down cases. If you have fallen on someone else’s property due to a problem or defect on the property, please call me. I offer a free case evaluation and I can set your mind at ease. Within just a minute or two I will be able to tell you how strong your cases and what the next step should be. And I charge no fee unless I win your case. So if you have a case like this, please call me right away at 312-895-0545.  I look forward to hearing from you.

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Testimonials

"Hiring Scott was one of the best moves I have made in my life.   Scott is a down to earth person and attorney.  Scott is a 5 star first class act who really knows his stuff.   The Judge said his presentation was one of if not the best he had ever seen.   Take my advice, hire Scott. I’m sure you’ll be 200% satisfied.  I was."

Richard Lange

Cab Driver, Fall Down                  

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Slip And Fall Injury – They Want a Recorded Statement

Slip And Fall Injury – They Want a Recorded Statement

I have represented a lot of people who have been injured in a slip and fall. In every kind of case, the insurance company wants a recorded statement, whether it is a slip and fall injury or car accident.  No matter the kind of case, they want a recorded statement.  Why?

Think about it for a second:  they are already talking to you on the phone.  Why do they need a recorded statement?  They know the basics of what happened?

They want a recorded statement in your slip and fall injury case because they want to PIN YOU DOWN.  In other words, they want to get you to commit to a particular sequence of what happened. Then, if you change it later or remember something later, they can say that you are lying and deny your claim.

hey also want a recorded statement in your fall down injury case because they are going to ask you LEADING QUESTIONS.  Leading questions are questions where you “lead” the witness into answering the way you want.  These insurance adjusters use outlines created by lawyers.  These are not innocent questions, asked in a neutral way.  They are biased questions meant to lead you into saying something that will hurt your case.  That’s why they always try to get a statement BEFORE you talk to a lawyer.  Good injury lawyers know the tricks and can protect you.

I never let my clients give recorded statements, and I tell everyone who calls my office not to give them.  In my experience, they rarely are being used honestly by the insurance company.  They are almost always used to justify NOT making a reasonable offer to settle.  So why should we help them?  I’ve settled thousands of cases over the years, and none of those required recorded statements.

So if you have been injured in a slip and fall, you should NOT give a recorded statement.  The other thing you should do is speak with a lawyer.  These cases are very tough.  They are much more complicated than many people think.  Without a skilled lawyer on your side, you do not stand much of a chance at getting a fair result.

I have gotten substantial results for clients in slip and fall cases.  No case is the same and this is not a promise I can do the same for you, but I have gotten $400,000 for a lady who had to have surgery after a slip and fall at a condo, and over $120,000 for a lady with a broken ankle and chipped tooth who fell at a school.  These cases can have good value, but you have to have someone who has experience in these kinds of cases.

I offer a free case evaluation, so give me a call right now to talk about your slip and fall injury.  Many time, people think a lawyer is going to be pushy or rude, but I am not.  I like to have a nice, friendly relationship with my clients, and that means respect for you.  Thanks for reading, and I look forward to working with you.

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Neck Injury? Do I Have A Case?

Neck Injury? Do I Have A Case?

Sustaining a neck injury is one of the most frustrating injuries to have, and also one of the most painful and life-altering.

Neck injuries are invisible.  There is usually no bruising or bleeding or cuts to see.  But once you have neck pain from a neck injury, you realize for the first time how heavy your head is, and how many times every day you turn your neck. That’s because neck pain gets worse every time you move, every time you use your arms, and even when you lay down to try to go to sleep.

My clients typically get neck injuries due to car accidents, work accidents, construction accidents and fall down cases.  And the severity and permanence of neck injuries can vary greatly.

If you sustain a ‘whiplash’ type of injury to the neck, you are most likely to have a muscle  sprain or strain to the muscles and ligaments in the neck.  These injuries can heal in 8 weeks with proper therapy and medical care.  Or, they can become chronic pain conditions.

You can also herniate the ‘shock absorber’ disks in your neck.  The whiplash movement can actually tear the disk and then the disk does not act as a spacer or shock absorber as well anymore, and that can cause pressure on the nerves and a lot of pain. Treatment for a herniated or ruptured cervical (neck) disk can include physical therapy, pain medication, and even injections and surgery.  In rare cases, multiple surgeries may be necessary.

Finally, a direct blow or trauma to the neck can cause a fracture of the vertebrae (bones) of the neck. These kinds of neck injuries almost always damage the “shock absorber” disks, too.  If their bones are displaced or are broken into many pieces, then you will almost certainly have to have neck surgery to help the bones heal and fix the damages disks in the neck.

The troubling thing about a neck injury is that whether you have a ‘soft tissue” or ‘whiplash’ injury or a very severe herniated disk, the pain and disability and bad effect on your daily routine is very similar.  In other words, it is impossible to know HOW BAD the injury is, or HOW LONG IT WILL LAST just based on your symptoms.

Many of my clients with a neck injury started out not wanting to see a doctor for their car crash or work injury.  As the days went by, the pain got worse.  Some of them had a short-term injury, and others needed neck surgery.

If you or a loved one has been hurt and sustained an injury to the neck, your first priority is to get in to see a doctor right away.  If there is a pinched nerve in the neck, you could be doing permanent injury to your nerves if it is not addressed right away.

You should also talk to an experienced injury lawyer right away.

You should also talk to an experienced injury lawyer right away.  I offer a free, no obligation  DVD that explains your legal rights, and I also offer a free case evaluation. Either way, whether you just want to watch the DVD or talk to a real, experienced neck injury lawyer, I am here to help you.  So relax and give me a ring at 312-895-0545.  I hope you have found this information to be helpful, and please know that I am here to answer any questions you might have about your neck injury.

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Do I Need To Talk To An Injury Lawyer?

Do I Need To Talk To An Injury Lawyer?

I was reviewing my legal case files and noticed that about half of my clients waited a LONG time before contacting me about their injuries. This is true in car accident cases, fall down injuries, work injuries, you name it. It is always better to talk to an injury lawyer right after an injury so you know “The Rules” and you know your rights and the correct way to proceed, whether you hire a lawyer or not. But as you will see, there is NO DOWNSIDE and lots of good reasons to talk to an injury lawyer right away.

Why get in touch with an Injury Lawyer soon after an Accident?

There are plenty of reasons that people DO NOT speak with an injury lawyer soon after a crash. One is that they hope that their injuries will get better on their own, and they do not want to make a big deal about it. Some people who are hurt at work are worried that if they report their injury, they will get in trouble at work or lose their job. Some people do not like the idea of being “one of those people” who hire a lawyer and files a lawsuit.

The trouble with delaying speaking with a qualified experienced personal injury lawyer is that it can hurt your case and make your case harder to prove, and possibly result in a lesser recovery for your injuries. For example, in a fall down a case, I like to have a lot of time to investigate the scene, seek out witnesses, get photographs of the scene, and sometimes, consult with my architect/structural engineer witness to make sure that we have considered ALL the bases for liability. In work injury cases, there is a 45-day deadline for reporting an injury, and getting me involved right away means that I can make sure that the Workers Comp insurance company is paying your salary and guaranteeing payment to the doctors so you can get the necessary medical treatment. These are just two examples. But there are lots of reasons why success in an injury claim or case hinges on early involvement from an aggressive, competent injury lawyer.

There is no reason for you NOT to speak with a lawyer. Virtually all injury lawyers (I included, of course!) offer free case evaluation for people who have been injured in a car crash, work injury, fall down, motorcycle crash, whatever kind of injury. That means we talk and I answer your questions for free, either in person or on the telephone, as you prefer.

Sometimes, I have to turn down a case because a person waited too long to call me about their injuries, and I never want that to happen to anyone. It doesn’t make you a bad person to be the victim of injury, and you have a right to know your options and your rights. If I can be of assistance, please do not hesitate to give me a call about your personal injury situation, even if it HAS been a long time since you or a loved one has been hurt. I am very good at putting cases together quickly, but it is always better to call early on!

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Richard Lange

Cab Driver, Fall Down                  

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