Steps to Follow after a Slip and Fall Accident
You're shopping at a grocery store when you slip and fall on a piece of fruit. You're leaving a business when you fall on a defective step. You turn your ankle, injure your back, or hit your head on the floor. You may be entitled to compensation for your injuries, your lost work, and your pain and suffering. The steps you take after a slip, trip, or fall can help or hurt your case. Here are some steps you should follow if you're injured in a slip and fall accident.
Get Medical Attention
Seek medical attention immediately after your accident. Getting treatment is important for your health, and it can be crucial to getting compensation from the party responsible for the accident. A company or its insurance company may claim you were injured at another time if you don't get quick medical treatment.
Try to see what caused your fall. Do you see liquid or an object on the floor? If you file a lawsuit to recover for your injuries, you'll have to show the property owner caused your fall or knew or should have known about a hazard causing the fall.
Take photos with your phone. Get shots of what caused the fall and the general area where the fall occurred. The photos will be important when your attorney is building your case, negotiating a settlement, or trying your case. For example, photos are helpful if you slip on snow or ice as weather conditions change quickly. If you don't take pictures at the time of the fall, return to the scene or send someone to the scene to get photos as soon as possible.
Report the Accident
Tell the person in charge -- for example, the store manager -- about the accident. Ask for a report to be made and get a copy of that report.
Look for Witnesses
If someone saw you fall, get contact information. When you hire a personal injury lawyer, the lawyer can locate the witnesses and get statements. You don't have to have a witness to win your case, but it will help your case.
Watch What You Say
Be careful what you say to the property owner or operator. You don't know all the facts and may be upset or embarrassed at the time. Don't admit fault. Don't give statements to an insurance company without talking to a lawyer.
Write Things Down
Soon after the accident, write down what happened while things are fresh in your mind. Your memory will fade with time, and you'll be less likely to remember details.
Talk to a Lawyer
Contact a lawyer about your case. A personal injury accident attorney in Parrish, FL, will evaluate your case for free. An attorney will investigate the scene, interview witnesses, and gather any video footage of the accident. The attorney will negotiate with the insurance company to get you fair compensation for your injuries.
Different rules apply if you're injured at work. Your injuries will usually be covered by workers' compensation, and you can't file a personal injury suit against your employer. Special rules apply if you're injured on government property -- for example, if you fall in a public park or street. An experienced attorney will make sure you follow the proper procedure for giving notice and filing a claim.
If you're injured in a slip and fall, call a personal injury lawyer at Erjavec Injury Law at 941-907-1133 for a free consultation.