With winter fast approaching it’s important to know what steps to take if you become one of the thousands of people who will slip and fall on someone else’s property this year.
Things You Should Do After A Slip And Fall Accident
Ket’s take a look at the steps that should be taken after a slip and fall accident:
Seek Medical Attention
It’s not uncommon for slip and fall accident victims to underestimate how badly they are injured. Many of the injuries that are sustained in this type of accident may not become apparent for hours, days, or even weeks after the accident. A medical exam can identify these injuries faster and treatment can prevent further damage.
Collect as much evidence as possible. This could include pictures of the area and the hazard which caused the fall, pictures of any injuries that were sustained, the contact information for those who witnessed the accident, and a copy of medical records pertaining to the injuries caused by the fall.
Report The Accident
It is important to let a property owner or business manager know that a slip and fall accident took place. Stay calm and describe the details. If the fall happened at a place of business, ask to file an incident report and be sure to ask for a copy of that report.
Whatever you do, don’t accept the blame for the accident. It’s best not to discuss blame at all.
Keep Clear Records
In addition to medical records, keep records on anything that relates to the fall and subsequent injuries. This might include insurance paperwork or even a journal of daily thoughts and details, highlighting times and dates of phone calls or other interactions with property owners and insurance agents. Financial records are also important to keep track of.
Consult With An Attorney
Speaking with an attorney might seem like an extreme step to take, however, it’s best to consult with an attorney early on who can explain each legal option available in detail. Financial losses and physical pain can literally change how a slip and fall victim lives, impacting daily life forever. When this is the case, a civil lawsuit can be filed, giving the plaintiff the opportunity to fight for compensation.
Are Latent Injuries Real?
Absolutely. A latent injury is an injury that isn’t obvious at the time of an accident. Many latent injuries involve the spine and head. For example, if someone falls on ice and hits their head on concrete, a brain hemorrhage could occur. This intracranial bleeding isn’t visible from the outside and patients often don’t realize how serious the situation is.
If left untreated, a hemorrhage can cause brain damage or death.
At Schuster Law, we understand how frustrating it can be to have insurance companies and property owners challenge a medical diagnosis simply because the symptoms appeared later instead of immediately. We stand by our clients who have been diagnosed with a latent injury and consult regularly with medical experts who can speak about the medical facts regarding this type of injury at trial.
Are Slip And Fall Lawsuits Worth Pursuing?
There is no simple answer to this question. What our lawyers will tell you is that if you have sustained large financial losses because of a slip and fall, such as medical bills and lost wages, a civil lawsuit is likely the only way you will be able to recover full compensation.
In fact, a slip and fall lawsuit may provide full compensation for non-monetary losses as well, such as physical pain and emotional trauma.
The attorneys at Schuster Law provide free consultations to those who have been injured in slip and fall accidents. Call now to learn more.