You will get a lot of unsolicited input after you slip, fall, and get hurt on someone else’s property. Much of what you will hear, particularly the statements made by property owners and insurers, is not even true. We debunk nine common slip and fall myths here.
Myth #1: It costs too much to hire a slip and fall lawyer.
Fact: Anyone can afford a slip and fall attorney. Our Kansas City slip and fall lawyers offer free consultations and will represent you on a contingency fee basis, meaning you don’t pay us until and unless we win your case for you.
Myth #2: You don’t have a case if there was a warning sign where you fell.
Fact: You may still have a legal claim worth pursuing. Property owners must always use reasonable care to prevent falls, whether or not a sign is present.
Myth #3: You will have to go to court if you file a slip and fall case.
Fact: Most claims settle before they get to court. However, if you do have to go to court, you will be well prepared by your lawyer before your court date.
Myth #4: You only have a case if you fell on private property.
Fact: You could have a case if you fell on public property. An experienced slip and fall lawyer can investigate your claim and advise you of your rights after a fall at any location.
Myth #5: You can wait as long as you want to file a case.
Fact: Laws in both Missouri and Kansas limit the amount of time you have to file a lawsuit. In Missouri, you have five years from the date you discovered your injury to file a case. In Kansas, you only have two years to file a lawsuit.
Myth #6: You can accept a settlement now and pursue an additional recovery later.
Fact: Most settlement agreements prevent you from seeking additional damages in the future. Accordingly, you need to make sure that whatever settlement you accept compensates you for all of your past and future damages.
Myth #7: You probably fell due to your own carelessness.
Fact: An investigation needs to be done to determine the cause of your fall. Even if you were partly to blame for the fall, you might still pursue a legal recovery in some circumstances.
Myth #8: Your recovery is limited to your medical expenses, so you can just use your health insurance.
Fact: Your potential recovery may include a lot more than medical expenses. Compensation from the insurance company could also include future healthcare costs, past and future lost income, physical pain, emotional suffering, and out-of-pocket costs.
Myth #9: You don’t need to see a doctor now because you aren’t seriously hurt.
Fact: You should see a doctor after a fall to diagnose any injuries. Some injuries may not be readily apparent.
Don’t Let a Myth Ruin Your Slip and Fall Case
If you trust someone who is uninformed or untrustworthy, it may be too late to seek a legal recovery for your slip and fall injuries by the time you realize you have been misled. Accordingly, we encourage you to act on information you trust. You can start getting the accurate information you need by contacting our experienced Kansas City slip and fall lawyers for a free consultation about your potential case.