If you have hurt yourself because of a fall on someone else’s property, there is a good chance that you have a legal claim. However, you need to take specific actions to ensure that your case can move forward. If you don’t take these steps, you can make getting money damages a lot harder. Use the following information as your checklist if you have been injured in a slip and fall accident.
1. Get medical treatment
There are two main reasons that getting medical treatment is a good idea. First, it helps your overall health and puts you on the path to a faster recovery. Second, it can help your legal case.
If you wait too long after a slip and fall accident to get medical treatment, you run the risk that an insurance company or property owner will argue that your injuries were actually caused by something else other than the slip and fall accident. Getting medical treatment right away and explaining to your doctor what happened will put that information in your medical records, which can be very helpful for your case.
2. Report the incident
You should let the property owner know that you were injured on their property. Whether it occurs at the grocery store or at a neighbor’s house, whoever owns or manages the property should know that you were hurt on their property.
In most cases, you should make a written report. If you verbally tell the manager or property owner and you don’t see them write anything down, it might be a good idea to create your own written report to hand them. Be sure to keep a copy for yourself as well.
3. Don’t give any statements regarding the slip and fall
Once you report the accident, the property owner’s insurance company will likely try to contact you to talk about what happened. They will want to take your statement and will probably ask you to describe your injuries and treatment.
Saying as little as you can is your best option right now. There is less of a chance that you say something you did not mean or give too much information if you keep your communication with the insurance company and property owner to a minimum. You should also avoid posting anything on social media regarding the incident as well.
4. Contact Feldman Legal Group
You need an attorney that has experience with slip and fall cases. Your lawyer will help you with the investigation, negotiate with the insurance company, and present your evidence at trial. Don’t wait to get the process started. Call 877-946-8293 to get your free case assessment.