A slip and fall can lead to serious injuries and immense amounts of expenses associated with those injuries. The medical bills can quickly pile up and overwhelm the injury victim. Fortunately, the law allows those injured in slip and fall accidents a way to recover compensation from the party whose negligence created the conditions for the slip and fall accident to occur. You see, property owners have a duty to maintain safe property conditions. When this duty is not upheld and someone is injured as a result, the injured party can pursue compensation for the losses associated with the injury incurred. What you do after being injured in a slip and fall accident can, however, have a significant impact on the success of your claim. Here, we will go through what you should, and should not, do after a slip and fall accident.
What To Do After a Slip and Fall Accident
If you have been involved in a slip and fall accident, your priority should be seeking immediate medical evaluation and treatment for your injuries. This is important for a number of reasons. First, it is important to your health. Immediate medical treatment can help your injuries from becoming much worse and can help ensure that they properly heal. Additionally, seeking immediate medical care, as well as following your treating medical provider’s directions as to follow-up care, is important to the value of your slip and fall claim. If you do not seek immediate medical treatment and consistent follow-up care the argument that you were not actually injured can be all too easily asserted.
You should also report the accident. If you were injured on a business’s property, you will usually report this to the manager or someone among the management team. An official accident report should be generated as a result. Retain a copy for your record after you have verified that the facts asserted in the report are an accurate depiction of what happened in the slip and fall accident.
You should also take care to document everything or as much as you possibly can. We realize that this may be difficult since you were involved in an accident that led to you sustaining an injury, but it’s important to do what you can. If there was someone with you at the time of the slip and fall, recruit his or her help in documenting things. This may include gathering contact information of any witnesses as well as taking pictures of injuries sustained and the property conditions that led to the slip and fall.
Additionally, you should contact an attorney as soon as possible. A qualified personal injury attorney will work right from the start to protect your legal rights to full and fair compensation as well as taking on the legal burden associated with a slip and fall claim so that you can focus on your health and recovery.
Personal Injury Attorneys
At Compass Law Group, we represent the injured. Our clients come to us in times of great hurt and great need. This is not a responsibility we take lightly and we work tirelessly to see that justice is done and our clients receive the monetary compensation to which they are entitled. Contact us today.