Slip and Fall FAQ
After slipping and falling or tripping and falling at a property or business, you may have many questions about what you should do and how you should go about reporting your claim. There are likely many questions in your mind about what you should do. While these questions and answers are not meant to be complete, they are the most common questions we see at the Jackman Law Firm. If you have a question that is not listed here, feel free to call us for a free consultation to discuss your case.
Question: I am getting medical bills and I don’t have insurance. Will Safeway pay for my bills since it was their fault that I slipped at their store and got hurt?
Answer: The answer is not immediately, not until you are able to reach a settlement with Safeway, which will have an insurance policy, and the settlement includes medical bills for your injury. In the interim, you will need for your own health insurance to step in and pay.
Question: Medicaid is paying my medical bills and they have asked if this is someone else’s fault in a letter they sent me. What should I tell him?
Answer: It is the law to be honest that your medical condition is the result of a company’s negligence. Therefore, you need to be honest that your injuries are the fault of another company or person, so you should answer the letter truthfully.
Question: I had a back problem before I hurt my back when I slipped and fell on oil in a parking lot. Do I still have a case?
Answer: Yes, you do. This is what is called a pre-existing condition. You can still bring a claim despite this. Your settlement or jury award might be reduced by a percentage relative to your pre-existing injury, but as long as you can clearly distinguish the two injuries you can still bring a claim.
Question: How long do I have to bring a lawsuit for a slip and fall in Washington State?
Answer: You have three years from the date of your injury to file a lawsuit in court.
Question: How much money will I get for my slip and fall case?
Answer: It is much too soon to tell this information. You may recover no money at all or a million dollars. It really depends on the level of your damages.