4 Things to Do After a Slip and Fall Accident
Slip and fall accidents are consistently one of the most common causes of accidental injury in the United States. In fact, according to the National Floor Safety Institute, falls account for more than 8 million emergency hospital visits every year, making them the leading cause of visits. If a slip and fall accident occurs on someone else’s property, there is a good chance that victims can recover compensation for the losses they experience, including their medical expenses, lost income, loss of quality of life, and physical and emotional pain and suffering.
Financial recovery does not happen automatically, however, and there are certain things that slip and fall accident victims should do in order to protect their legal rights. Four of the most important of these are detailed below.
1) Document the Way in Which the Accident Occurred
Keeping records and gathering evidence is one of the most effective ways that slip and fall accident victims can protect their legal right to recover. For this reason, if you are hurt in a slip and fall and are physically able to do so, use your phone’s camera to take a picture of the hazard that caused you to fall. In addition, if your accident occurred at a store or in a shopping center, make sure that an official incident report is generated. Finally, try and collect contact information from anyone who may have witnessed your fall.
2) See Your Physician
If you have been hurt in a slip and fall, you should see your physician for a thorough examination. While you may not think that your injuries are serious enough to justify a visit to the doctor, it is important to keep in mind that certain injuries may not seem as serious as they are. When you see a doctor, it ensures that your injuries are correctly identified and that you start treatment as soon as possible. Furthermore, seeing a doctor will result in the creation of an official record of your injuries, their severity, and your treatment – all of which may come in handy when it comes to negotiating a settlement or establishing damages at trial.
3) Do Not Accept the First Settlement Offer Your Receive
If liability is obvious, chances are that you will be contacted shortly by an insurance company with a settlement offer. While it may seem like the easiest course of action just to take it and move on, it is important to keep in mind that once you accept a settlement, it is almost impossible to recover additional compensation. For this reason, you should be certain that any settlement you take is adequate and fully compensates you for all of your losses.
4) Call Us Today to Schedule a Free Consultation
If you have been injured in a slip and fall accident, you should contact a lawyer as soon as possible so that your rights are protected. To schedule a free case evaluation with one of our attorneys, call our office today or contact us online.