Your slip and fall accident could lead to many different kinds of injuries, including spinal injuries, head trauma, and broken bones (particularly hip and arm fractures). When you fall and get injured because of the negligence of a property owner, you can seek compensation for your medical expenses and any other losses you may have incurred.
Unfortunately, both the insurance company and the property owner might dispute the claim you file or at the very least try to get away with paying you the least amount possible.
You must act as promptly as you can if you want to safeguard the rights you’re entitled to if you’ve suffered an injury because of this type of accident. Here are a few things you need to do as soon as possible.
Seek medical assistance immediately
After a doctor treats your injury, he or she will document what caused the accident in their examination. If you’ve got a claim, this will be primary evidence. Make sure you follow all the treatment orders your doctor gives you. If you don’t follow the treatment protocols your doctor requires you to, the opposing side might argue that weren’t hurt in the accident.
Report the accident
If your fall occurred at a business, ensure that management knows about the accident and the injuries you’ve sustained because of it if you’re able to. Make sure you get a copy of the accident report. If the police were called to the scene, get a copy of the police report too.
Take photos of where the accident happened and your injuries
Take photographs that can help show what caused the accident. For instance, take wide photos of the hazardous areas, and try and get shots that show there weren’t any warning signs. If your slip and fall accident was because of a slippery and/or wet floor, make sure you take a photo of the place before it gets cleaned. Also, make sure to picture your cast, neck brace, bandages, bruises, and any other signs of the injuries.
Don’t assign or accept blame
An investigation needs to take place before what caused the accident can be established. This is why you shouldn’t accept nor assign blame until a professional comes in and thoroughly reviews the case. Avoid giving a statement to the insurance company that represents the property owner until you’ve consulted with your attorney. Don’t sign anything handed to you by the insurance company or the property owner as well.
Consult with an attorney
An attorney that has experience dealing with such cases will know exactly what to do after the accident has happened. Some will even provide you with a free preliminary investigation and initial consultation of the case. Getting their advice will go a long way in helping you secure the compensation you rightfully deserve.
It’s unfortunate how often slip and fall accidents occur. What’s sadder is that it’s usually not the fault of the injured party. However, you don’t have to go through this ordeal without getting compensation. Follow the steps above to ensure you get what you deserve.