If all efforts at settlement fail, the case will be set for trial before a judge or jury—whichever the plaintiff chooses. The parties will present witnesses, cross-examine the other parties’ witnesses, present evidence, and make arguments. At the end, the finder of fact (judge or jury) will enter a verdict for the plaintiff or defendant. If the verdict is for the plaintiff, the finder of fact will decide on the amount of damages.
If you believe you’re entitled to compensation from the other party for your injuries, your attorney will usually send a demand letter, either to the other person (or their attorney) or to the other person’s insurance company. The letter will give the relevant facts about the accident such as the time and place and cause of the injury, describe your injury, and ask for a specified amount in settlement of the case. A demand letter usually gives the other parties a specified time to respond.
Either party can appeal if there was a significant legal error in the trial. To appeal means you take the case to a higher court to review any legal errors you think may have been made by the judge or jury. For example, a plaintiff might appeal if he thinks he lost his suit unfairly or would have gotten more in damages if the judge had not refused to admit something into evidence. A defendant might appeal if, for example, she thinks there is a valid legal basis to argue that the award for damages given to the plaintiff was too large.
If you believe you’re entitled to compensation from the other party for your injuries, your attorney will usually send a demand letter, either to the other person (or their attorney) or to the other person’s insurance company. The letter will give the relevant facts about the accident such as the time and place and cause of the injury, describe your injury, and ask for a specified amount in settlement of the case. A demand letter usually gives the other parties a specified time to respond.
"Slip and fall" is a term used for a personal injury case in which a person slips or trips and is injured on someone else's property. These cases usually fall under the broader category of cases known as "premises liability" claims. Slip and fall accidents usually occur on property (or "premises") owned or maintained by someone else, and the property owner may be held legally responsible.
Settlements are private, but trials are not. While we mentioned this as a positive for the defendant, it benefits the plaintiff as well. During trial, both parties may try to make one another look bad, and that information will be available for anyone to read. In settlements, parties are in control of what can be public—including the settlement amount.
What you do after an injury, can be more important the injury itself. Without proper documentation, and without alerting the authorities, the validity of your claim and injuries can be questioned. Here are some things you should after an accident accident. First and foremost, it’s crucial you write down as much about the accident as possible. If you have a cell phone, we recommend taking pictures of the surroundings so you can document what happened. Pictures are valuable because they can be potentially used in court, as evidence. Take as many pictures of the injuries you’ve suffered, in addition to the scene of the accident. The more evidence you have, the stronger your claim is. If you have time, write down information like the date, the weather, the location, and anything else specific that might be asked of you later. Try to also find witnesses, at the scene of the accident. If you can get a witness to corroborate your story to the police at the scene of the accident, the strength of your claim could be higher. 

Laws determining liability for a lawsuit vary by jurisdiction. Generally, an animal’s owner is liable for the destructive actions of the animal — whether they were aware of a dog’s aggressive personality or not. However, in certain states the law assigns a degree of liability based on certain factors, such as whether or not the victim provoked the animal and where the attack occurred.
Research has shown that, across all collision types, it is less likely that seat belts were worn in collisions involving death or serious injury, rather than light injury; wearing a seat belt reduces the risk of death by about 45 percent.[52] Seat belt use is controversial, with notable critics such as Professor John Adams suggesting that their use may lead to a net increase in road casualties due to a phenomenon known as risk compensation.[53] However, actual observation of driver behaviors before and after seat belt laws does not support the risk compensation hypothesis. Several important driving behaviors were observed on the road before and after the belt use law was enforced in Newfoundland, and in Nova Scotia during the same period without a law. Belt use increased from 16 percent to 77 percent in Newfoundland and remained virtually unchanged in Nova Scotia. Four driver behaviors (speed, stopping at intersections when the control light was amber, turning left in front of oncoming traffic, and gaps in following distance) were measured at various sites before and after the law. Changes in these behaviors in Newfoundland were similar to those in Nova Scotia, except that drivers in Newfoundland drove slower on expressways after the law, contrary to the risk compensation theory.[54]
At Farar & Lewis LLP, we pride ourselves on our ability to be there for our clients, 24/7 when tragedy or questions arise. Every single one of our clients has access to their assigned lawyer. We encourage our clients to call us, whenever the need arises, to get help. Many consider us a part of their family – because we do everything in our power to help solve the problems your facing. In the past, our injury lawyers have helped clients get medical assistance, help with car repairs, and more. Our goal is to help handle all aspects related to your case, so that you can focus on healing and your family.
When you work with our firm after a serious accident, our Colorado personal injury lawyers will thoroughly investigate your accident and carefully document the facts in your case and the full extent of your injuries. We will help you get the medical care you need and actively pursue the compensation you deserve. Our experienced injury attorneys are aggressive advocates when dealing with insurance companies on your behalf.
Having the right personal injury attorney on your side can mean the difference between winning and losing your case, so choose yours carefully. Ask the attorney about his or her level of expertise and track record handling your type of case, their policy regarding communicating with clients, and any other questions you might have. At the initial meeting, the attorney will ask you many questions in order to get a full understanding of your case. Be wary of any attorney who, during the initial meeting, makes promises about how much money you can expect to receive. Good lawyers need more time to truly evaluate the value of your case, and they sometimes need to get experts involved too.
Some crashes are intended; staged crashes, for example, involve at least one party who hopes to crash a vehicle in order to submit lucrative claims to an insurance company.[26] In the USA, in the 1990s, criminals recruited Latin immigrants to deliberately crash cars, usually by cutting in front of another car and slamming on the brakes. It was an illegal and risky job, and they were typically paid only $100. Jose Luis Lopez Perez, a staged crash driver, died after one such maneuver, leading to an investigation that uncovered the increasing frequency of this type of crash.[27]
Many injuries can be minor, at first, and then escalate. Many people avoid getting treatment, or hiring an attorney, because they think their injuries are minor. Then, later, the injuries get worse, and so too does the pain. Many injuries have symptoms masked, due to a rush of adrenaline. As the adrenaline in your body wears off, the symptoms from the injury start appearing. You start feeling the pain, and noticing the injuries. It’s crucial you get medical attention so that you can make sure your ok. Afterwards, it could be beneficial to speak to an attorney to understand what you may be entitled to.
Many personal injury claims are the result of an injury that did not appear as serious when it first occurred, but later manifested to a serious situation that required ongoing medical treatment and created a pain-and-suffering compensation situation. All states have a statute of limitations law that is assessed for each particular personal injury lawsuit. This can be an effective defense in cases that are filed at the end of the limitations time period, even when the injury was recognized at a significantly earlier time. Why the plaintiff waited until the end of the limitations time period can be an issue as well because it could indicate that the injury is not as serious as claimed. This could result in a dismissal based on being a frivolous claim.

Our firm offers a risk free evaluation, in person – or over the phone. We can even come to you – at your home, place of business, or the hospital, in order to help explain how we can help and to give you the legal help you deserve. Our only goal is to help you. We never charge an upfront fee, and we work on a contingency fee basis. If we don’t win, we don’t get paid. Contact us today.
The term "reasonable" often  comes up in settlement negotiations and at other key stages of  slip and fall cases. That's because, in order to be held  "negligent" and therefore  liable for damages in a slip and fall case, a property owner (or the owner's agent or employee) must have  failed to act as a reasonably prudent person would have acted under circumstances similar to those leading up to the accident.  In  trying to assess whether the defendant acted reasonably, here are  some factors that plaintiffs should consider:

In Anglo-American jurisdictions the term is most commonly used to refer to a type of tort lawsuit in which the person bringing the suit, or "plaintiff," has suffered harm to his or her body or mind. Personal injury lawsuits are filed against the person or entity that caused the harm through negligence, gross negligence, reckless conduct, or intentional misconduct, and in some cases on the basis of strict liability.[2][3] Different jurisdictions describe the damages (or, the things for which the injured person may be compensated) in different ways, but damages typically include the injured person's medical bills, pain and suffering, and diminished quality of life.[4]
Before accepting a new case, a personal injury lawyer will normally interview a prospective client and evaluate the client's case to determine the basic facts and potential legal claims that might be made, identify possible defendants, and evaluate the strength of the case.[7] A lawyer may decline to accept a case if the lawyer believes that the legal claims will not succeed in court, if the cost of litigation is expected to exceed the amount that can reasonably be recovered from the defendants as compensation for the client's injury.[8]
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