Slip and fall accidents often happen without warning and can literally happen anywhere. This means that the chances of you being injured in one of these accidents during your lifetime is fairly high. If your fall was caused by a property owner’s or business’ negligence, you could be entitled to compensation for your medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering. What you do right after your fall can be crucial to the outcome of your case and the amount of your settlement.
Take These Steps Right After Your Slip and Fall
You want to start building your case right away after a fall. How do you do this? You take certain steps at the scene of your fall and when receiving medical care that can help you prove the owner’s negligence, how you were injured, and the amount you are owed. Take these steps to strengthen your claim:
- Seek medical care. You should obtain medical care if you feel injured after a slip and fall accident. Even if you do not think you are hurt, you want to see your doctor soon after your fall. This documents your concern and may result in you discovering hidden injuries or problems that develop in the days or weeks after the accident.
- Report the accident. You always want to file an accident report at the time of your fall to document that it occurred and to defeat at least one argument the property owner’s insurance company can make to try to deny or reduce your claim.
- Take photographs. Take photographs of where your fall happened, anything that could have caused your fall, and everything else about the scene. This information can be quickly lost if conditions are changed by the owner and can provide strong proof of the property owner’s or business’ negligence.
- Obtain contact information. Obtain contact information for the property or business owner and his insurance company, any employees who witnessed your fall, and any other witnesses. It will be important to contact them quickly before they move or their memories of what happened fade.
- Save shoes and clothing. You want to save the clothes and shoes you were wearing when you fell as you may need them as evidence down the road.
- Follow up on medical treatments. After your initial examination by a doctor, you want to follow through with the medical treatments your doctor recommends and continue doing so through the process of negotiating your claim. If you fail to do so, an insurance adjuster will almost certainly argue that your injuries are not as serious as you claim.
- Contact an attorney. One of the first steps you need to take after you obtain necessary medical care is to retain an experienced slip and fall attorney. He can answer your questions, give you advice on the steps you need to take, investigate your claim, preserve evidence, and negotiate your settlement for you.
Were you or a loved one injured in a slip and fall accident? Call Jones Wilson Injury Lawyers today to schedule a free, no-obligation consultation to get your questions answered and learn how we can help you.