Do Most Slip and Fall Accidents Settle Out of Court?

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Nearly all personal injury cases settle out of court, and slip and fall accidents are no exception. In fact, around 96% of all personal injury claims are settled pretrial, often in mediation.

It is important to bear in mind, however, that “settled out of court” and “settled without an attorney” are two very different things.

Why Hire a Lawyer?

Slip and fall accidents can result in serious injury including:

  • Brain injury
  • Spinal cord injury
  • Fractured or broken bones
  • Lacerations and contusions
  • Death

When you sustain a serious injury, insurance companies are often quick to offer a settlement. They know that if you accept their offer, you will waive your right to seek compensation through legal action. They’re hoping you do not know that.

According to a study conducted by NOLO, the average difference between a case handled by an attorney and one handled thorough insurance is $52,900. Of course, each case is entirely unique and there is never any guarantee of additional compensation, but cases that are handled through a lawyer tend to net much better results.

Your attorney will look at how your injury has and will continue to impact every aspect of your life, taking things like pain and suffering, an inability to work, and other factors that may only be partially handled through insurance and seeking fair and full compensation for these things – all the while protecting you against the sometimes predatory tactics insurance companies may use to force you to settle for less than you are due.

Having a lawyer on your side helps even the playing field, giving you the resources and support you need to seek compensation for all of your damages.

Hickey Law Firm is Here to Help

It is statistically likely that your claim will settle out of court, but at Hickey Law Firm, we prepare every case as if were heading to trial. This helps ensure we are providing the most comprehensive representation and that we are prepared for any eventuality. Please call 305- 371-8000 to schedule a free case review today. Located in Miami, we welcome clients from surrounding areas of Florida, and throughout the nation.