As a skilled personal injury lawyer understands, the potential for severe awkwardness of seeking compensation for an injury from a friend or relative is almost inevitable. However, regardless of where the accident occurred, a serious injury will likely require expensive medical care. In order to afford that care, you may be forced to file a personal injury claim to receive the necessary compensation for the premise owner’s insurance company.
Personal Injury Claims
As mentioned, you may need to file a personal injury claim with the homeowner’s insurance company in order to recover your damages from the accident. If the homeowner does not wish to pay your injury related medical bills and other costs out of their own pocket, it may be unavoidable. This is particularly likely if you sustained a serious injury which requires longer term medical treatment, rehabilitation, surgery, etc. A personal injury lawyer from our firm can prepare and submit the claim on your behalf. This ensures all deadlines will be met and the documentation will be completed correctly.
Avoiding an Awkward Situation
For many people who are injured on the premises of someone they know or to whom they’re related, they feel awkward about seeking compensation from that person. However, it may be their only option. It can be helpful to work with a personal injury lawyer. Filing personal injury claims in situations such as this is common. If your lawyer advises you that you should file a claim with the homeowner’s insurance company, you can explain to your friend or relative that you are doing so due to the advice of your attorney. Your attorney may be able to offer you additional guidance as well.
Common Injury Accidents that Occur in Private Homes
Accidents that cause injuries can happen under almost any set of circumstances. They can also happen almost anywhere. However, some conditions are more common than others when it comes to victims sustaining serious injuries while in a privately owned home. Here is an incomplete list of examples:
- Hazardous floor condition. A wet, slippery, or damaged floor can lead to a slip and fall accident. This can result in a broken hip, fractured or broken arms, even closed head or brain injuries.
- Falling objects or debris. A house that is undergoing or in need of a repair may be vulnerable to falling ceiling panels, a falling ladder, or an improperly connected light fixture that dislodges from the ceiling. If an earthquake occurs while you are on the premises, window panes can shatter and objects within the home might shift.
- Electrical hazards. An improperly grounded light fixture or switch can be a serious electrical hazard when turning on an appliance or fixture. Electrical shocks can cause burns and heart attacks.
Contact a Trusted Personal Injury Lawyer
If you sustained a serious injury while on the premises of a friend or relative, you may be entitled to compensation for your damages. Call today and request a free consultation with a personal injury lawyer to learn how they may be able to help you.
Thanks to our friends and contributors from Cannon, Hadfield, Stieben & Doutt for their insight into slip and fall accident cases.