By Francis M. Smith
A slip and fall injury can happen anywhere—the grocery store, the mall, the park, your neighbor’s house—and the medical expenses can be atrocious to pay for. When dealing with Slip and Fall Injury Cases, it is important to know what to do in order to ensure your chances of being compensated for your medical bills, time away from work, and any expenses that incur from the injury.
Take Care of Your Injuries
It is important that you get your injuries documented and cared for by a medical professional, not only to ensure your own health, but also to make sure that you have the documents necessary to prove you’ve been injured. These documents will help you later when trying to receive compensation.
Accident Report and Copy
It is important when being treated for your injury that you report you were in an accident so that it is documented. Many store managers, property owners, or other people in charge of the facility where you fell may have to fill out forms. These forms will help document your claim and you should be sure to get a copy of the report, no matter if the Emergency Medical Personal who treat you, a police officer, or a civilian fills them out. Having a documentation of all forms will help your case later on.
Gather Witnesses and Evidence
The conditions under which the fall happened are important. If possible, you should take photos of the area where you fell, EXACTLY where you fell, and any contributing factors in the fall. These photos will help an attorney determine exactly who is at fault for the fall as well as be evidence that can be shown later if the case goes to court. Also important, is gathering information from any possible witnesses to the fall, including telephone numbers, addresses, and full names. A final suggestion is, if possible, preserve the outfit you were wearing when the fall happened in a safe place.
Don’t sign any papers without contacting an attorney first. Insurance claims can be tricky, and signing an agreement that will “cover your medical expenses” could take away your right to receive compensation for time lost at work or future injury expenses. It is always best that you consult an attorney to make sure you are getting the best deal for yourself and your future, and that you are being compensated completely.