We’ve all heard the stories of the customer who was injured while shopping or dining, who then sued and landed a windfall. These stories, often exaggerated but also carrying truths, are the reasons behind the warnings we see in our everyday lives and, in fact, have come to expect: the “Caution: Hot!” labels on our fast food coffee cups, the electrocution warnings on hair dryer tags asking you to keep your appliance away from water, the yellow cones and safety tape around broken stairs to warn you away from its danger. Many of these warnings seem like common sense: after all, if you chose to order hot coffee, shouldn’t you expect your cup to be, well, hot? In fact, you’d probably be pretty ticked if it wasn’t hot. So why do we have these silly warning labels? You can probably thank a lawyer for that, because somewhere there is a story about a lawsuit involving scalding liquid, paper cups, and big money.
Silly stories and common sense aside, the old adage is true: bad things do happen to good people. Anyone can fall victim to someone else’s negligent behavior – the store that didn’t clean up a large spill on its floor, leading to broken bones in a slip and fall accident; the apartment complex that refused to fix its broken stair railing, causing major injury to a tenant just trying to get home one night. If you end up hurt because of somebody else’s negligence, your wrong needs to be righted. It isn’t just about fighting on principle though – these accidents can disrupt your entire life. Physical pain and injury aside – and those problems are not minor – there are enormous financial concerns that usually follow these injuries. If you’re injured and unable to work, your day to day bills will begin to mount up; after all, the power company and water department don’t make exceptions for hurt people. You and your family still have to eat and have a place to live during this time. Outrageous medical bills can stack up, all while you’re unable to work and have zero income stream. It only takes one unfortunate accident to be staring at the possibility of bankruptcy. Also, money stress aside, your initial physical injuries may get worse, not better.
Seek professional legal advice if you’ve been injured. But make sure you don’t waste time – there is a deadline for filing these kinds of cases, and you don’t want to miss it. Remember to also keep track of anything that relates to your injury — pictures of the location, notes on what people were present, copies of your medical bills and prescriptions. This information can be overwhelming, and we can help you keep it straight while also guiding you back to your normal life. The physical, financial, and emotional pain of an accident or injury can be threaten to drown you; let us steer you to safe waters so you can swim easy again.