Specific details and identifying information has been changed in order to protect the confidentiality of the settlement agreement.
Our client Ms. M was out shopping on Saturday afternoon at a major chain grocery store when she slipped and fell in an aisle. Embarrassed, in some pain, a little shaken, and annoyed by the fall, she continued her shopping trip and then headed home.
A few days after the fall, the pain that she experienced from the fall persisted and continued to get progressively worse. She became concerned that she had seriously hurt herself as a result of the fall.
Ms. M went to visit her doctor who told her that she had likely sustained injuries that would require working with a physical therapist in order to deal with them. However, a few months into treatment, it was discovered Ms. M’s condition was so serious that it required her to get surgery.
Her injuries took a long time to treat, costing her money and time out of work – neither she could afford. The injury also hurt her family – she wasn’t able to care for them or her home as well as she wanted.
In addition to the pain and difficulty she experienced, Ms. M was getting nowhere with the store or its “loss department.” They made her a settlement offer that seemed very low and unwilling to consider a higher amount. Frustrated that she might have to accept an amount that wouldn’t even pay for all of her medical bills she already owed, Ms. M decided that she needed to get help with her situation.
Ms. M started her search for a personal injury attorney by interviewing three different, well-established personal injury firms. Unsatisfied by their responses, she scheduled time with Alex Silkman of the Silkman Law Firm.
“[Alex] addressed my concerns in a detailed yet easy to understand answers,” said Ms. M. “… was interested and eager to take on my case. He was honest about possible outcomes or stumbling blocks that could arise. His experience in similar cases and his demeanor gave me confidence.”
At the outset of the case, Alex Silkman of the Silkman Law Firm completed an exhaustive review of the client’s case. He reviewed medical records, evaluated the security tape at the time of the fall, and requested the sweep log for the store’s internal maintenance team.
Despite delaying tactics on the part of the store and its insurance company, Alex and his team were able to uncover that the corporate required periodic inspections were not being followed and that the accident was entirely preventable.
During the presentation of the case facts, Ms. M was required to provide direct testimony regarding her accident.
“I felt shielded from the unpleasantness that may happen in legal disputes when answering the defense attorney’s written questions or at my deposition,” said Ms. M.
After presenting the argument and the evidence, Ms. M ultimately was offered a settlement amount that was nearly 20 times the amount originally offered to her by the insurance company. It was more than enough to cover the costs of her medical coverage, the lost time from work, and give her additional time to recover from her injuries.
Thankful for the exceptional outcome and the experience, Ms. M concluded with, “Mr. Silkman was also very attentive to my welfare. He checked on my progress in physical therapy, was a sympathetic ear during my setbacks and cheered my triumphs. He’s an excellent attorney and a good person. I’m quite satisfied with the settlement he obtained for me.”
If you or a family member has experienced a slip and fall injury, you don’t have to handle it alone.