Were you injured in a slip and fall accident? If so, there are steps you can take to protect your rights. A slip and fall can lead to painful and expensive injuries, as well as time off work. Understanding your legal rights, as well as your options is important as you begin to navigate this new injury.
Important Steps Following a Slip and Fall Accident
Here are four steps you should take without delay:
- Report the accident to the manager or property owner. The sooner you do this the better off you are going to be. Not only will it help your cause when filing a lawsuit, but it may help others avoid the same trouble.
- Request that the manager or property owner writes down the information and details related to your fall. Along with this, request a copy for your personal records.
- Receive medical attention. If you are too injured to complete the two steps above, you should move immediately to this one. There is nothing more important than your health.
- Contact an experienced slip and fall attorney. You should do this as quickly as possible following an accident so that notice can be given to the property owner as well as their insurance company.
If you take these four steps after a slip and fall accident, you are doing your part in protecting your rights.
The time immediately following a slip and fall accident can be hectic. There will likely be a lot of people surrounding you, asking if you are okay. From here, most slip and fall victims head to the nearest hospital to receive medical care, or they get up and claim they are okay. Perhaps the two most important steps following a slip and fall are to receive medical care and discuss your options with a lawyer.
Some injuries may not show up until later and by then, it can be difficult to connect them to the slip and fall accident. Additionally, if the property owner or manager is responsible for your injuries, they may immediately try to offer you a settlement in return for agreeing not to pursue legal action against them. The problem with this is that if your injury gets worse, or you are later unable to work, your damages could exceed the settlement amount. It is best to discuss your injuries and legal options with a lawyer first.
Why Contact a Slip and Fall Lawyer?
A slip and fall lawyer can be beneficial to an injury case. They have the specific knowledge that is needed to navigate your case and communicate with the responsible party or your insurance provider. By handling your case, we allow our clients to focus on their recovery. We also have the knowledge that is needed to determine a fair calculation of your damages.
Don’t accept a settlement offer before you talk with a lawyer today. Also, don’t skip medical care, even if you feel fine.