Every injury is not worth pursuing in court. Sometimes, filing a lawsuit can cause more turmoil than justice. That being said, if you do happen to slip and fall and sustain an injury as a result, the first course of action should be to consult with a personal injury lawyer to make sure that you have a strong case and to decide whether or not your injury is worth pursuing in court.

Another main consideration for filing a lawsuit stemming from a slip-and-fall accident is timing. There are time restraints involved with every civil lawsuit called statutes of limitation. A statute of limitation is the time period by which a plaintiff must bring a lawsuit. If a lawsuit is not commenced within the given time frame, the would-be plaintiff is barred from filing a lawsuit stemming from the alleged injury. This time limitation, however, does not affect your ability to settle out of court.

A slip-and-fall case is typically rooted in negligence, and such cases must be filed within four years of the date of the injury. It is crucial that a slip-and-fall lawsuit is not only filed on time, but also properly.

When To File a Slip-And-Fall Case

The sooner you file your lawsuit, the better. However, that is not the only consideration involved. There are many pros and cons to filing a lawsuit. The biggest pro would be the amount of money you stand to recover should you win your case, however, there are some notable cons.

Personal injury cases are highly fact intensive and require a lot of information gathering, witness testimony and settlement negotiations. One of the main considerations that should be taken into account when electing whether or not to file a lawsuit is the costs. Litigation is extremely expensive as well as time-consuming. Although most attorneys take personal injury cases on a contingency basis, meaning you pay nothing unless you win your case, there are still costs not associated with an attorney’s fee that may fall on your shoulders. These costs could include hiring experts and conducting depositions, which can become pricey very quickly.

Proving your injuries were caused by a slip and fall can also be extremely difficult. There are many people who attempt to bring frivolous lawsuits trying to pin injuries that happened elsewhere on an unsuspecting defendant with deep pockets. Ultimately, you should only file a slip-and-fall lawsuit if you have first discussed your case with a qualified Charlotte lawyer and have determined that you have a winnable case. To do otherwise would, in many circumstances, be a waste of time and money.

If you or a loved one has been involved in a slip-and-fall accident, call or message our injury attorneys at Campbell and Associates today for a free consultation.