What to Do After a Slip and Fall Accident
This year over one million people will visit the emergency room due to a slip and fall accident. While safety comes first, you may find yourself taking care of many other issues while combating injuries.
What caused your accident? Who’s at fault? How will this impact your health and finances?
Getting to the bottom of these issues can be more exhausting and stressful than the fall itself, but fortunately, there are steps you can take to streamline this.
Have you suffered from a slip and fall accident? Keep reading for further guidance on the proper steps to take to ensure you receive the settlement you deserve.
Seek Medical Treatment
Time is of the essence when you suffer from a serious slip and fall injury. Immediately get medical attention by visiting an emergency room or walk-in clinic. Building a case to reflect the severity of an accident starts with documenting injuries.
The longer you wait, the more difficult it becomes proving a trip and fall accident caused your injuries. Who’s to say your injuries aren’t from other sources if you waited a week or more to see a doctor?
Provide as much detail as possible when describing how you were injured from the accident so this can be archived for medical records.
While your injuries will be properly documented from your doctor’s visit, you must take action and document the scene of the accident in a timely manner as well.
The convenience of smartphones has made this much easier. Take as many pictures that show where the injury took place as well as any areas of interest. For example, this could be a liquid puddle or an object that caused your fall.
Ask for help. Confer with any nearby witnesses who saw the accident and are able to affirm the events you experienced. Take down their contact information in case you need to have them testify at a later date.
If you’re at the workplace or in a public business, check to see if any surveillance cameras may have captured the fall. You should have the ability to file an official accident report, too.
Consult With an Attorney
Not sure if you need a lawyer in this situation? Better to be safe than sorry and consult with an attorney before you do anything else. Especially before you make any statements to the insurance company.
By collecting all of the previous information between your injuries and the accident scene, you’ll help build an organized case. It may be possible to settle your case before even having to prepare for a trial.
Recovering From a Slip and Fall Accident
No one plans on a slip and fall injury and the aftermath can leave you in a distressed state. Fortunately, you don’t have to fight it alone.
Hakim, Toma & Yaldoo, P.C. has over 15 years of experience representing clients who are victims of slip and fall accidents due to another person or company’s negligence. Are you or a loved one suffering from the trauma and complications of a slip and fall accident? Click here to learn more about our firm and then contact us so we can discuss your case.