I SLIPPED AND FELL. NOW WHAT?
A slip and fall accident can happen at any time. It’s important to know what to do when it does. Let us help you. Immediately following a slip and fall accident, there are a couple of things that are crucial for you to do right away in order to prove your case. Failing to take the appropriate steps can prevent you from being adequately compensated for your injury. In order to give yourself the best chance at recovering money for your injuries, there are 5 important steps that you should take. It’s important that you take these steps as soon as possible.
STEP 1: Report your slip and fall accident to the property owner or manager
You should immediately report your slip and fall accident to the person in charge of the property where you fell. If the incident occurred in a place of business, they might ask you to fill out a slip and fall accident report. Make sure to get a copy of that report! If anyone makes a comment suggesting that this has occurred before, or that they were aware of the condition before your fall, write down the name of that person.
STEP 2: Document the place and the physical condition of your body
Take pictures of any bruises on your body. Take pictures of the scene. You should attempt to take pictures of the scene immediately after the accident or before conditions change. If you do not get photos, it is a safe bet that the owner of the premises will. You never want to be at the mercy of a property owner’s version of how a slip and fall accident happened.
It is important that you obtain, in writing, a professional diagnosis of any injuries initially caused by the fall. You cannot prove medical injuries without medical records & bills. They are essential to any sort of recovery. You should either go to the emergency room or a walk-in clinic or your own family doctor. Do not delay treatment!
STEP 5: See your lawyer before you give any statements
Shortly after your slip and fall accident, you may be approached by insurance adjusters and attorneys from the property owner. It’s important to understand that these professionals do not work for you. It is their job to pay you as little as possible. Speak with a slip and fall attorney before speaking with anyone else. They will give you the best chance to get the money you deserve.
Most lawyers who handle slip and fall cases offer free consultations and do not get paid until you settle the case or receive a judgment in a lawsuit. Slip and Fall cases can be very complicated. Therefore, it is recommended that you seek the help of a skilled personal injury attorney. At the Law Offices of Gary M. Zeidwig, we have years of experience and have helped many clients resolve their personal injury claims. To find out about your options, contact us online at www.zeidwiglaw.com or call us today at 954-523-3993.