Scottsdale Slip And Fall Lawyer
Slip And Fall Lawyer Scottsdale, AZ
A slip and fall lawyer Scottsdale, AZ residents can rely on from SL Chapman Trial Lawyers has vast experience in all the ways that slip and fall incidents can happen. If you fell and were injured while on a cruise ship, you need a legal team that understands state, federal, and maritime law to effectively fight an injury claim (or wrongful death on behalf of surviving loved ones). If you were injured due to a slip and fall, or lost a loved one, while taking a cruise, please call our firm right now.
Cruise ship slip and fall accidents are nuanced in that they typically follow Maritime law, and sometimes international laws too. An example of one of these kinds of laws is the ability for a cruise line to insert special terms into their tickets. When you purchase your ticket, you are automatically agreeing to these terms. Usually the length of time you have to file a claim is much less than other personal injury claims; the average statute may be about six months to one year from the date of injury.
A Scottsdale slip and fall lawyer can put their knowledge to work and assist you in getting results for your legal issues. Apart from potential initial jurisdiction issues, most cruise lines are registered in a foreign country. It is possible the law of that country could apply to your slip and fall injuries, and in some cases, be more favorable to the cruise line. This factor can create a number of obstacles for a legal team that is not familiar with how to handle slip and fall cases on cruise lines.
Chances are, your ticket contract has been written by very good lawyers who work with the cruise line. Sometimes these contracts are so well written that they eliminate full liability in the event of an injury or death. It is prudent you retain a lawyer who understands adhesion and exculpatory language within the ticket contract. Being familiar with the laws and verbage can make a difference in your ability to recover compensation. In addition to this language, your ticket contract may include details such as:
- A requirement for injured passengers to provide a notice of the accident within 120 to 180 days.
- A short period of time to file a claim; usually within one year.
- Mandatory jurisdiction as to where you can file the claim.
If you miss these deadlines or requirements, you risk your case being dismissed. There are exceptions to these rules, and a good lawyer should be able to identify them and litigate these provisions. You can rely on a Scottsdale slip and fall lawyer from our team to assist you, so please call us at SL Chapman Trial Lawyers now to book a consultation with us.
Seeing a Doctor After a Slip and Fall Accident
A Scottsdale, AZ slip and fall lawyer clients trust knows that some people who suffer slip and fall incidents don’t always go to a doctor to check for injuries. Waiting to seek medical attention following a slip and fall can be disadvantageous for many reasons. It is not uncommon for a person who has what they think was a minor slip and fall to delay or not worry about seeking medical attention. For example, injuries are sometimes ignored after a fall because there are no immediate symptoms. However, even when medical injuries do not manifest immediately, they may do so later on and cost the injured a lot of money in medical care.
Delaying Medical Attention
In addition to the obvious medical disadvantages of not seeing a doctor immediately following an accident, there may be negative consequences to a future settlement of the incident with the party who was liable for the condition that caused the fall. As a Scottsdale slip and fall lawyer can explain, delayed treatment could indicate that the victim who later seeks compensation was not really injured in the incident. The party liable for the incident or the insurance company could claim that the victim should receive less of a settlement because their injuries were made worse by their own choice not to seek medical care, or that the injuries are actually caused by something else that happened after the accident. Seeing a doctor as soon as possible can help take away some of the doubt as to the cause of the injuries after the accident.
When a doctor begins to monitor an injured person’s condition after an accident and evaluates the extent of the injuries suffered, the doctor may be able to assess how long the injured person might need to recover, and if other conditions will arise that are directly linked to the accident. This is important information when it comes to reaching a settlement with an insurance company and gives a better indication of the amount that would be fair compensation for the injured person.
Finally, delaying treatment could impact the injured person’s ability to pursue a personal injury case. In Arizona, a person has two years from the date of the injury to bring a personal injury lawsuit seeking compensation for the injuries suffered. If the injured person waits too long after a slip and fall accident to seek medical care, they may discover serious injuries that may have been linked to the accident after the statute of limitation has run. When this happens, the injured person may be left to absorb the medical costs associated with their injuries.
Contact an Experienced Personal Injury Law Firm
If you or a loved one was injured due to the negligence of another person, you should reach out to a dedicated attorney to learn more about your options for recovery. Contact SL Chapman Trial Lawyers to schedule a free consultation with a Scottsdale slip and fall lawyer.