Lawyers who handle slip and fall cases will take them on a contingency fee basis, thus, you pay the lawyer nothing unless the lawyer gets money for you.
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If your claim was denied, your only option would be to file a lawsuit against the owner of the property and property management company. You will need to prove that the owner/manager were negligent in maintaining the stairs, or they were defective and not safe.
A personal injury attorney can take your case on a contingency fee which means you only pay the attorney's fees if he or she is successful in recovering money for you. So it's worth calling a few local attorneys to see if one will take your case.
You should obtain needed medical care and treatment immediately and follow the doctor's advice. Do not give any statement to the adverse party or insurance company nor grant them access to any medical records. Photograph the injuries and the damage done to any property. Contact a personal injury attorney in your area as soon as possible so that you can protect your rights. You may also find it helpful to review the Legal Guides I have published on Avvo.com dealing with many of the issues you are now facing.
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