Slip and Fall in a Store, Can I reopen a lawsuit?

by Lucille
(Ewing, N.J.)

I slipped and fell in a store and suffered a mild concussion about a year ago. I now suffer with post-concussion syndrome. I didn't seek legal help when I settled with the company. Can I re-open a personal injury lawsuit?

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ANSWER for "Slip and Fall in a Store, Can I reopen a lawsuit?":

If you have already settled with the company (past tense), then you are not able to re-open a case. In most settlements, you sign a release that has language essentially saying you will not sue anyone further once you accept a settlement. I can only assume that you signed such a document.

This avoids situations just like this where a year passes and you present another claim. Parties need finality to their suits and for that reason, I would expect that you will not be able to re-open anything.

The above is general information. Laws change frequently, and across jurisdictions. You should get a personalized case evaluation from an attorney licensed in your state. Find a local attorney to give you a free case review here, or call (888) 647-2490.

Best of luck,

Judge Calisi

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