It’s sad but true: Most people will suffer a slip, trip, and fall accident at some point in their lives. Sadder yet: The accident likely won’t even be their fault. Because slips, trips, and falls can happen anywhere—and to anybody—it’s important to know what steps to take following an accident. If this happens on someone’s property due to negligence, you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries. It’s important to remember that the steps you take immediately following the incident are crucial to building the best-possible legal case.
Seek Medical Treatment
Your health—or the health of a loved one—should be your number-one priority following a slip, trip, and fall accident. If you’ve been hurt, it’s important to see a doctor so that your injuries can be properly documented. Those medical records will be important pieces of evidence should you decide to seek compensation for your injuries.
Report The Accident
Hopefully, you have your phone with you, and you can take photos of the dangerous condition that led to your fall. It’s important to collect the names, addresses, phone numbers, and email addresses of all potential witnesses. Their statements could help prove your claim if you decide to pursue a legal claim. You will also want to place the shoes and clothing you were wearing during the accident in a safe storage place. They may be relevant pieces of evidence later.
Never Give A Recorded Statement
Avoid discussing the particulars of the accident with the property owner or on-duty manager. While you do need to report the fall to the homeowner or the staff at a business, anything you say here—even a simple apology—can be used against you later. You should be suspicious if the homeowner’s insurance broker continuously requests a recorded statement before covering your medical expenses or paying out anything for your other damages. Those statements are solely for the insurer’s benefit and do not help you at all. Politely decline to provide a recorded statement to insurance if your adjuster requests one.
Stay Off Social Media
Do not post any details related to your accident on social media. Any statements you make about the incident could be used against you in the future.
You Need An Experienced Personal Injury Lawyer If You Were Hurt In A Slip And Fall
When considering legal action, the best person on your side is an experienced personal injury attorney. Since many slip, trip, and fall cases are complex and difficult to prove, you are best served by the resources of a successful law firm. An attorney can advise you on steps to take, investigate the accident, preserve evidence, and negotiate on your behalf. From there, a lawyer’s job is to take over negotiations with the property owner’s insurer or even file a personal injury lawsuit if insurance isn’t sufficient to cover your damages.
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The personal injury lawyers at Miller Trial Law work closely with victims and families who have been hurt due to the negligence and neglect of another person or party. If you have been hurt in a car accident, truck accident, slip & fall accident, or due to medical malpractice, or nursing home neglect, you are not alone. We may be able to help you seek damages from negligent parties, negotiate with insurance companies, and more. If you’ve been hurt in an accident, you may have the right to seek compensation for your medical costs, rehabilitation expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering. However, you may only have a limited amount of time to make a claim under the law. Contact Miller Trial Law today and learn how our personal injury lawyers may be able to help you.
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