What To Do After a Slip And Fall Accident
No matter how careful you are when walking on different surfaces, a slip and fall accident can easily happen. A simple forgotten “wet floor” sign can lead to a serious injury. And what’s worse is that it wouldn’t be your fault. So when this happens to you, what do you do?
A Step-by-Step Guide On Handling a Slip and Fall Accident
Document the Scene
When you are relatively okay, the next thing you have to do is to document the scene after your slip and fall accident. Because of the anxiety, embarrassment and pain some people experience, documentation gets forgotten. But if you are in a better state, make sure that you don’t forget this because it will help build your case against those who are trying to deny your claim. Photos and videos of the accident scene will be of great help to your attorney later on as they can help support your claims. Most importantly, you need to determine what caused you to fall (i.e. uneven flooring, wet floor, etc.) and document the hazard.
Report the Incident
After documenting the scene, make sure to report it, too. Usually, when there are a lot of people around, someone will call 911 for serious accidents or store employees will come and assist. Ask them to make a written report on what occurred and get a copy for yourself. Write down the name and phone number of anyone who witnessed the accident including store employees.
Get Medical Help
Medical documentation is key to an injury claim. Without medical records and treatment, we can’t prove you sustained a serious injury. It is also helpful to seek medical attention as soon as possible after the incident so there is no question that your pain came about soon after the fall and not some other intervening cause or incident. Be sure to let your medical providers know that the reason for your visit is a result of your fall.
Call Your Attorney
As much as possible, let your slip and fall attorney do the talking. This will help you avoid anything that can dampen your case or from talking to anyone that can give you a smaller compensation than you deserve.
You may not know it, but even a simple slip and fall case can get complicated because it is hard to prove. The injured party is not entitled to compensation merely because they fell on someone else’s property. Rather, the injured party has the burden to prove the property owner had a hazardous condition on their property, know if the hazard and failed to remedy it. This is where an attorney is most beneficial. Not only will they help document the case, but they will also get more evidence to prove it. If your attorney comes from a well-known firm, they will also have the resources to investigate your claim. To add to that, there is no denying how much more a lawyer can demand when a settlement happens. Since great lawyers have experience with insurance and negotiations, they will keep your best interests in mind and will always increase the settlement for you. Slip and fall accidents cannot be predicted, so it’s best to take precaution and be prepared with an attorney that can help you.
If you have a slip and fall accident and it’s someone else’s fault, Aronberg, Aronberg and Green is here to fight for your legal rights!