If you've been injured in a fall, you probably don't want to sue the person responsible for your injury. However, someone has to pay for the medical bills that are accumulating as you heal from your injury. What's more: you may not be earning as much as you did before you fell. It's only right to ask the parties responsible for your getting hurt to compensate you for these expenses. While many personal injury lawsuits are settled before they get to the courtroom, it's still important to know how to act should your case come to trial.

How to act in a courtroom

1. Be on time. It's critical that you be in the courtroom before the scheduled start time. If you're late or if you miss a court date entirely, your case could be dismissed. In fact, nolo.com says that the judge may rule on the case based on just the defendant's evidence! And even if you decide to appeal and file a new claim, you have to keep in mind your state's statute of limitations. Lastly, keep in mind that virtually all court buildings have some type of security. Usually, you'll have to walk through a metal detector and have your belongings searched; so, be sure to allow extra time for these procedures. 

2. Lock your phone and other electronic devices in the car. You're not allowed to use your cell phone (or iPad or tablet computer) while you are in court. Many courts prohibit your even bringing them into the room with you. Best to leave them at home or locked in your car so you won't have to worry about checking them at the door to the court.

3. Dress appropriately. Business attire is the standard in most courtrooms. How you look is likely to influence the judge and the jury (if you have one). Be mindful that there are usually some dress restrictions. For example, many courtrooms prohibit wearing hats (unless for religious reasons) and sunglasses. If you don't abide by the courtroom's specific guidelines, you could actually be turned away from court and miss your assigned date.

If you or someone you care about has been injured in a slip and fall accident, you need an attorney, like Putnam Lieb, to represent your interests. While it may be tempting to represent yourself and save money, this is rarely a good idea. A good personal injury attorney has the training, experience and contacts necessary to get the settlement you deserve to pay for your medical bills and to help compensate you for being out of work while you heal. If they choose to take your case, most attorneys will work with you on a contingency basis. That means you don't have to pay them until (or unless) they collect money for you.