I fell in a public library a few months ago, was shocked, non verbal, bled and someone had to find me a chair to sit on and something to stop my blood. When I finally had my ability to talk back I told the librarian I do not have health insurance and she reassured me that the library has it and she and another patron arrange to take me to a local hospital. I had a couple of CAT scan and the bill ended up almost at $5,000. I still have discomfort after 7 months and the muscles around the scar never healed correctly.The library claimed it is a town issue and the town refused to pay my bill. All I want them to do is pay the initial bill as promised by the librarian. What course of action shall I take? If I have to file to court do I have a chance to win in litigation without a lawyer?
If you fell secondary to the library's negligence then get [personal injury counsel to help you with this matter. They usually accept such cases on contingency retainer.
If you fell due to some defect, have a local personal injury lawyer investigate
As a Business invitee the library/ Town is required to keep its property in a manner that ordinary reasonable persons would. That said you do need to contact a lawyer here in the Rutland area to assist with this claim. The Town and or library is likely insured through the Vermont League of Cities and Towns and if past experience is any guide that organization will be less responsive than many commercial insurers. Please call someone.
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You have not identified any facts that would make your case a winner.
Do you remember why you fell? Did you take pictures of the scene? Do you know any witnesses to your fall?
The land owner is not responsible solely because you were injured. There land owner must have responsibility for the injury.
You chances of winning in litigation without an attorney are almost none.
You should contact a Vermont personal injury lawyer who will be better able to assist you by asking you for additional information in order to properly evaluate your claim. Most personal injury lawyers provide free initial consultations, and most, if not all, will handle your case on a contingency fee basis, meaning if they don't recover for you, then you are not charged a fee for the legal services provided. Best of luck.
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