At The Law Office of William M. Burgess P.A., we understand that a slip-and-fall accident can be very serious and cause significant harm to the person who falls. If the slip and fall accident was a result of the negligence of the property owner, the injured person has the right to seek compensation for any medical bills or other losses. However, the property owner and their insurance company may try to avoid paying the full amount due. It is important to seek legal advice to ensure that all the damages are properly compensated.
So, with that in mind, what can you do to ensure your claim has the highest chance of success? By following what we’re going to share with you today:
1. Get Treated Right Away
It is important to get medical treatment for any injuries sustained from a slip and fall accident. Not only will this help you heal, but it will also create a record of your injuries which can be used as evidence if you file a claim. Also, it is important to follow the advice of your doctor for any treatments you may need, as not doing so can make it appear as if you were not actually injured.
2. Report the Slip and Fall Accident
If you have a mishap in a business, be sure to inform the administration of your experience and any harm that resulted. Procure the names of any employees and management present. Try to acquire a duplicate of the slip and fall accident report. If the police were summoned, find out how to acquire a report copy.
3. Gather the Evidence
Capture images of your accident scene that tell the story of why it happened. Get close-ups of the area that caused your injury and the surrounding environment, including any hazardous conditions that existed at the time of the slip and fall accident. If you suffered a slip and fall, take a picture of the wet or slippery surface before cleaning it. Additionally, take photos of any physical signs of your injury, such as bruises, casts, bandages, or neck braces.
4. Save the Evidence
Save all receipts, invoices, and other documents associated with your slip and fall accident. Make a note of all activities you did before the accident occurred, such as where you were and what you ate or drank. Describe in detail what happened at the time of your accident, including any conversations or events that may have been related. Additionally, document any employment absences due to the slip and fall accident and the resulting financial losses.
5. Never Blame or Accept Blame
It is important not to assign or accept blame until the situation has been investigated by experts. You should not make any statements to the property owner’s insurance company or sign any documents before speaking to a lawyer. Additionally, it is wise to be mindful of what you post on social media as it may be used against you.
The above steps are essential for anyone who has been involved in a slip and fall accident. Following these steps will ensure that you are prepared to take the necessary legal action to protect your rights and pursue compensation for your losses. But of course, it is important to remember that each situation is unique, and you should always seek the advice of a qualified attorney!
The Law Office of William M. Burgess P.A. offers the help clients need to face difficult times with ease and get the compensation that they deserve. If you are looking for a personal injury attorney, contact us online or at 301-653-3333 today or visit us at 200 Washington Ave. La Plata, MD 20646.