Last November, a schoolteacher took a trip to her local bank during a free period. On her way into the parking lot, she caught her foot on some broken pavement near a drain, tripped and fell and hurt herself.
Shaken up and in massive pain, the woman sat on the parking lot ground to regain her composure. With the help of a colleague, she hobbled into the bank where staff helped her wash up and clean her scrapes and bruises. Thinking she would be okay, the woman declined further immediate medical attention. Once back home, the pain in the woman’s neck and back grew more pronounced and she arranged to see a chiropractor. Her doctor diagnosed a sprained neck, a form of soft tissue damage. She received follow up care from an orthopedist and underwent both chiropractic treatment and physical therapy.
The woman contacted me in November and I immediately began investigating her case. My staff spoke to several witnesses while we gathered records about the property ownership, weather and previous incidents at the site. We also gathered the woman’s medical records. We built a case based on the bank’s failure to maintain the property and failure to warn pedestrians of the hazard caused by the broken pavement near the drain.
Once the woman’s medical condition stabilized, we were able to prepare a detailed assessment of the case. I reviewed that information with my client so she could understand all aspects of the case. She understood the cost of going to trial and how that affects a view a potential settlement offer. We then reached out to the bank, which offered to negotiate a settlement. Yesterday, we reached a settlement agreement that met my client’s needs and expectations.
There is much good news in this case. While the woman suffered real injuries, she will fully recover from them. We assembled a comprehensive case and the bank recognized the strength of that case, thus they entered into settlement talks. We achieved a settlement that pleased my client. Perhaps best of all, we reached that result in less than three and a half months. My client should have her money in 30 days.
A Quick Settlement: Settling a Trip and Fall Case in Three Months
The legal process can take very long to resolve cases, often more than three years. I work very hard to squeeze every day out of that process and strive to deliver the most compensation for my clients in the shortest time possible. Not all cases can settle this quickly, but resolving a matter in just over three months surely serves my client’s best interest. I know this woman was very happy.
I hope you found this information helpful. If you or a loved one has been hurt in a trip and fall or if you have been injured due to another’s negligence, you may want to consult a New York personal injury attorney experienced with slip and fall cases. I would be glad to answer your questions and assist you. The consultation is always free. You can call me at 1-800-660-1466 or email me. You can also visit my website or read more on my blog, New York Law Thoughts.
Carol L. Schlitt
New York Personal Injury Attorney
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