Slip and fall accidents are often the result of someone’s negligence. Yet, many people do not consider a slip and fall accident a “personal injury” matter. They never consider contacting a slip and fall lawyer to help them recover medical bills. However, if a slip or trip occurs as the result of an improperly maintained walkway such as a cracked sidewalk or an unmarked spill, it is a personal injury case and you may be entitled to compensation for medical expenses incurred as a result of your fall.
What Should You Do after a Slip and Fall Accident?
The first thing to do after a slip and fall accident is report the incident to the property owner where you fell. Next, you should seek medical attention if needed and report your accident to the police. The property owner and police should generate a report listing out details regarding your accident and note if there are any injuries that resulted from your fall. Make sure that you get copies of each of these reports.
This documentation may be used as evidence in a future personal injury case. You should also use your cell phone or a camera when possible to take photos or video where you fell for further documentation. Make sure your photos and/or video clearly show the hazard that caused your fall and any subsequent injury.
Also, with witnesses, ask for contact information, if necessary, for statements or testimony. You will also want to keep any damaged personal items such as torn clothing or cracked cell phones as evidence.
Slip and Fall Treatment
Even if you initially believe that the fall did not cause any harm, you should seek medical attention as soon as possible for your injuries after a slip and fall. You may have sustained injuries that you do not notice right away or the seriousness of your injury could be more than it seems at first. A doctor will need to determine the extent of the injury you sustained, estimate a recovery time and advise if ongoing treatment will be necessary to your recovery.
Do not sign a release from the property owner’s insurance company, even if they offer immediate cash compensation. When a insurance company asks for a written or recorded verbal statement, do not provide one until you have sought the advice of an attorney.
Glen Lerner Slip and Fall Injury Attorneys
When injured in a slip and fall accident, do not let embarrassment stop you from contacting a competent lawyer. Glen Lerner and his team of injury attorneys can help you navigate the situation. They will get you the compensation you deserve for your injuries.
During your free consultation, you will meet with a slip and fall lawyer who will review accident and medical reports. They will also begin to determine if negligence was responsible for your fall and subsequent injury. They can then begin to advise you of your options; also help you to build a case against the responsible party.
Don’t let the fear of costly attorney fees stop you from contacting us. The consultation is free and you won’t pay unless you win. If victim of substantial injuries, and you can’t visit one of our offices, we will happily meet with you.