How to Proceed After a slip and fall injury
Injury resulting from a slip and fall accident is a serious matter. While the pain may be slight at first, significant complications can result after the initial injury. Medical bills are costly and time missed from work has a substantial impact on both your paycheck and your job performance.
You may be entitled to compensation for accidents resulting from property negligence. There are several steps you need to take if you have slipped due to a hazardous condition or poorly maintained property.
Report the Incident
If you are able, you should inform the property manager of your accident right away. Use facts, such as the property conditions and any present hazards, when filling out the incident report. Gather witnesses when feasible. Do not sign any paperwork that takes liability off of the property owner.
Obtain a Medical Assessment
Go to your doctor or hospital right away if you are feeling pain after a slip & fall event. Document the physician’s assessment of your injuries and follow up as recommended. Something that seems minor could be more serious than you thought. It is best to protect yourself from further complications.
Keep copies of everything pertaining to your accident. Take pictures of the area where you fell. Get statements from anyone who saw your fall occur–ask witnesses for their contact information as this will be needed if the property owner disputes your claim. Request copies of all medical reports. If you miss work due to the injury, be sure to record the dates that you are unable to perform your job.
After the Fall
If the property owner, his attorney or a representative from the owner’s insurance company contacts you after the incident, it is important to remain calm and clear-headed. If you have not yet hired a personal injury lawyer to handle the claim for you, this would be the time to schedule a consultation. Saying the wrong thing to the defendant or their representative could be disastrous to your case.
Take Action Immediately
There is a statute of limitations on most property negligence claims. If you are injured and feel it is due to negligence, you must file a lawsuit before the statute of limitations expires. A personal injury attorney will help you gather the information needed to proceed with a claim.
The effect of a slip and fall accident can be devastating. High medical bills, intense pain and loss of wages all have a negative impact on your quality of life. You should not have to pay the price for someone else’s negligence.
Get The Help & Resources You Deserve
If you or your passenger has been injured in a motor vehicle accident, lost a loved one as a result of the accident, or if you would like more information about other serious injury cases or contact Glotzer & Kobren, P.A. slip and fall attorneys at 561-361-8677.