Posted On January 30, 2018 Slip and Fall Lawyer
Lowball offers, withholding information, passing the blame, unfortunately, this seems to be the kind of treatment victims report after they suffer a slip and fall accident at a Kohl’s store.
After all, you’ve been through you deserve better than this. You deserve someone on your side who will fight for your rights, even if that means standing up to massive global corporations and their influential insurers. You deserve the legal team at Console & Associates P.C. Help is just a phone call away, so contact our New Jersey slip and fall lawyers today at (856) 778-5500.
This is one of the most common questions our attorneys receive, and it’s been that way throughout our 20+ years as leading personal injury attorneys in New Jersey.
So, do you have a case?
As a slip and fall victim, there are countless factors that determine whether or not you should pursue a claim and what its value might be. But two primary factors have a major influence on your claim:
Generally speaking, you have the right to pursue compensation from the other party, Kohl’s or its insurer, when that party is at fault. As a business, Kohl’s invited you and other customers onto its property to shop there. The property owner and business tenants had a legal obligation to keep the premises safe. They failed, and you paid the price.
Often, the biggest challenges in slip and fall claims are determining who is at fault and gathering the evidence to prove it. You might have a case if some safety hazard or defect on the retailer’s property caused your accident. You will need evidence, video surveillance footage, witness accounts, notes on an incident report, photographs of the safety hazard, to prove that this danger harmed you.
Then there’s the complicated task of determining who specifically is at fault. Maybe the store’s associates were negligent in failing to clean up a mess or block off a patch of slippery flooring. But it could also be the fault of a cleaning service, or a maintenance company, or some combination of Kohl’s and its vendors. It’s not uncommon for property owners and maintenance to pass the blame, each trying to wriggle out of paying for the damage. You’ll need to do some digging to learn the truth, and that’s where our New Jersey slip and fall lawyers come in.
The other major factor that figures into whether or not you have a case is what damages you sustained. In other words, were you hurt? Were your injuries serious enough that you needed medical treatment? Did you incur medical bills, have to miss work, or in some way lose out on your quality of life because of the accident?
Your damages are unique. How an injury impacts your life depends a lot on what your lifestyle is. Not all slip and fall victims will miss work, but that doesn’t mean they don’t have a case. The only way to understand whether or not your damages are the basis for a claim is to discuss the details with a New Jersey slip and fall lawyer.
Every accident is different, but you might be surprised just how similar the stories told by victims of slip and falls at Kohl’s retail stores are.
It’s Kohl’s company policy to, immediately [report] accidents, injuries, and unsafe practices or conditions, on the store property. You want your accident documented because an incident report can serve as proof that the injury happened.
At the same time, though, you don’t want to sign anything without a lawyer present, something the store’s associates may pressure you to do. You want to make sure that what’s described in the report is actually what happened, not a way for Kohl’s to cover up any liability.
What victims of slip and falls at Kohl’s find most aggravating is what happens after the accident. Some have reported that the company’s insurer offers to throw a few hundred bucks at the problem, nowhere near the amount the victim will need even to pay for the medical bills, much less make up for damages like lost wages.
If you’re like a lot of slip and fall victims, though, when you ask for something, like important documentation you need to get your medical bills paid, that same representative ignores your request.
The situation is beyond frustrating, but one thing you need to know is that it’s not you. You’re not the one being unreasonable here. The least the insurer could do after its policyholder put you through so much is give you what you deserve, including the money to cover the medical bills Kohl’s caused you to incur and the documentation you need to take care of the situation. But no, instead, the insurer keeps making things harder on you than they need to be. If you want the money you deserve, you’re going to have to fight for it.
Dealing with the aftermath of an accident is hectic enough. You need someone to take control of the stressful situation and resolve some of the hassles you’re facing, so you can focus on recovery. But this can’t be just any, someone, or even any lawyer. You need a full legal team you can count on, with a history of success that makes you feel confident that everything will be okay.
At Console & Associates P.C., our New Jersey slip and fall lawyers have helped clients in situations like yours for more than 25 years. The consultation is always free, so call (856) 778-5500 today.