What Do I Do After Slipping and Falling?
Slip and Fall Lawyer
A slip-and-fall accident can happen anywhere. Not all of these accidents end in minor injuries, either. A slip-and-fall accident can result in broken bones, sprains, or traumatic brain injuries. Given the seriousness of these injuries, it is no surprise that slip-and-falls account for many personal injury lawsuits.
If you fell and suffered moderate to severe injuries because of it, here is what you need to do.
When you file a personal injury claim, you have to prove that your injury occurred because of someone else’s negligence. The best way you can do this is through documentation of your injury. If you are able, take pictures of the injury as soon as it happens. In addition, take photos of the surrounding area and the hazard that caused you to fall. You must have photographic evidence of the scene. If you cannot take pictures yourself, you can ask a witness to do so or you can have someone go back to take pictures as soon as possible.
Ask Witnesses for Information
If there are witnesses to your fall, you should try to talk to them. While it might be difficult to speak if you are severely injured, you can try to get information from a witness who attempts to help you at the scene, or you can follow up with the witnesses later. If you work with skilled lawyers, such as our friends at Wiend Law Firm, they may be able to track down your witnesses and receive their testimony.
Receive Medical Attention
No matter how you feel after the fall, you should seek medical attention as soon as possible. For severe injuries, call a paramedic or ask someone to make the call for you. If you can make it to the doctor on your own, make sure that you explain what happened and keep track of all medical documents. You will need your medical records to prove that you were injured.
Contact a Lawyer
One major step to take is to contact a lawyer. A lawyer will be able to calculate what your settlement should be and help you build your case. If the insurance carrier or person liable for the injury tries to fight your claim, the lawyer will be able to navigate you through the process. Be sure not to procrastinate: Every state has its own statutes of limitations that determine how soon a claim must be brought. For instance, if you live in Philadelphia, contacting a slip and fall lawyer will give you insight into the time by which you must file your suit in your state.
If you were recently injured because of a slip-and-fall accident, you should discuss your case with an attorney to ensure that you receive the compensation you deserve. Set up a consultation as soon as possible.