Slip and Fall Accident: Personal Injury Claims & Lawsuits
A slip and fall accident that results in injury is a complex situation, and it can be difficult to determine if someone is liable for your injuries, medical costs and other damages. Understanding when you should connect with a personal injury lawyer to handle your claim can be the differentiating factor in whether or not you are fairly compensated for a slip and fall injury accident.
Should I Contact a Lawyer for a Slip and Fall Accident Injury?
To help evaluate the need for a personal injury lawyer, see if you answer “yes” to any of the following questions:
- If you tripped and/or slipped on an object, was the object out of place and increased the risk of an accident?
- If there was a legitimate reason for an object’s placement, which caused the trip and fall, could the object have been made safe in a reasonable manner?
- Could a warning have been placed to limit the risk of an accident?
- Did a broken object that should have been maintained contribute to the accident?
- Did insufficient lighting play a role in the accident?
- If you tripped on a carpet, floor, etc. or slipped on a wet and/or loose area, was the hazardous area there long enough that the responsible party should have fixed it?
Note that if a slip and fall accident resulted in death, you may be entitled to file a wrongful death lawsuit.
Steps to Take After a Slip and Fall Accident Injury
Take pictures of the accident scene — If possible, take multiple pictures of the area where the slip and fall accident occurred and your related injuries. If you are unable to do so, try to get friends or relatives to take pictures of the accident scene as soon as possible. It is particularly important to document evidence before anything changes, such as snow-related falls or liquid spills.
Report the accident to responsible party — After a slip and fall accident, promptly report the accident to a responsible party associated with the location of the accident. Typically responsible parties include:
- Commercial property — Find the highest level person in the building and report the accident to them. Obtain their name and title for reference (a business card is a great option).
- Public property — If the accident does not require emergency medical response, report the incident to the city or town and keep a copy for your records. If the accident does involve emergency medical response, obtain a copy of the report.
- Private property — Notify the property owner of the incident, and take their name and contact information.
Reporting the accident to a responsible party promptly, particularly if there were no witnesses, is a critical step in establishing a claim in a slip and fall accident injury. Insurance companies and juries may question the validity of a slip and fall accident if it is not reported within 24 hours.
Identify witnesses — If there are witnesses to the slip and fall accident, make sure and get their names and contact information.
Get medical treatment — If you are injured in the slip and fall accident, schedule an appointment with your doctor. If you are severely injured, go – or have emergency services take you – to the emergency room.
Important — When you visit your doctor or the emergency room, make sure that you explain how you were injured. If the insurance company cannot verify that your claim and medical records match, it can significantly complicate a slip and fall accident injury claim.
Document medical expenses — If you are going to file a lawsuit after a slip and fall accident, make sure to document all of the medical expenses associated with the treatment of your injuries. Expenses to document include medical bills, prescription costs and insurance co-pays.
Request medical records — Medical records provide a significant amount of information that may be important for a slip and fall accident lawsuit. Obtain copies for reference, or have a lawyer help you.
Keep records of all accident-related items — After a slip and fall accident injury, it is important to document the accident, injuries and other related conversations, paperwork and expenses. Maintaining records and keeping everything organized is useful for any claims or lawsuits that result.
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