Statute of limitations on premises liability cases
A statute of limitations is a deadline someone must meet in order to take legal action after an injury. In most cases, the statute of limitations in New Hampshire for taking legal action in a personal injury case, including premises liability and slip and fall accidents, is 3 years. If you fail to bring a claim forward within this time period, you waive your right to bring a claim forward at all.
You need legal counsel
After suffering an injury on someone else's property, it is important to consult with an experienced personal injury attorney as soon as possible. They can answer your questions and explain your legal rights, as well as help you file a claim. In most cases, you need to file a claim to obtain the financial compensation you deserve for injuries. A lawyer can also help you fill out all the necessary paperwork to file a case within the New Hampshire court system.
The next step in the legal process in a slip and fall or premises liability case is finding the facts to build a strong legal case. This fact-finding phase of the legal process is known as the discovery phase. During this time, your lawyer may request evidence, including video surveillance footage, or medical records documenting your injuries and to what extent you suffered. Witness statements can also often be very valuable for your case. Your attorney can gather all this evidence and work towards obtaining the financial compensation you deserve.
The property owner's insurance company may try to negotiate a fair settlement with you before the case heads to trial. In the majority of cases that involve presentable evidence of injuries, a fair settlement can be achieved. However, an insurance company may refuse to offer a favorable settlement amount, which would then move the case to the litigation stage in court.
The crucial evidence that was acquired during the "discovery" phase will be brought forward and presented to a jury. The jury will then determine what sort of verdict they consider fair. The final amount may be smaller or larger than the original settlement offered during out of court negotiations. Moving through the litigation process means you are taking a risk with settlement offers, but a seasoned attorney can make all the difference in finding your best opportunity for fair and full compensation.
Talk to an attorney
Contact us at Burns, Bryant, Cox, Rockefeller & Durkin, P.A. today if you or a loved one has been injured on unsafe premises. Don't hesitate to get in touch with attorneys from one of New Hampshire's oldest law firms for a free consultation (injury matters only) to discuss your case, your rights, and your need for compensation.