How to Handle a Slip and Fall Accident Claim
Many of us slip and fall from time to time, and usually it’s no big deal. We might suffer a little bruise or a sore wrist, but we can get along just fine. Other times, slips and falls can result in serious injuries. In fact, fall accidents are the leading cause of traumatic brain injury, or TBI. Rates are especially high for young children up to age 4, and for older adults age 75 or older.
Furthermore, sometimes slip and fall cases are not your fault. They might have been caused by unsafe structures, slippery conditions, or a lack of warning signs. If you have suffered significant harm or injury from a slip or a fall, you may be interested in seeking the advice of a legal professional to find out if you could be entitled to compensation.
Not all slip and fall cases are foolproof, however. In order to help your lawyer make the strongest case possible, there are certain steps you can take to provide testimony and gather evidence — even before you meet with an attorney.
- Seek Medical Attention
You need to take care of yourself first. Get the medical help you need to address your injuries. But as you do, make sure to keep a meticulous record of all treatments, procedures, tests, etc. A file containing your medical information will help your lawyer plot the best plan of action for your case.
- Survey the Area
You will want to look for indication that your slip or fall was not your fault, but rather caused by some negligence on the part of the property owner. If you can document dangerous conditions with pictures or get written accounts from eyewitnesses, all the better. Without proper evidence, these cases can easily become a battle of he-said/she-said.
- Get a Lawyer
Starting the claims process sooner rather than later may also be important to your case. Not only will you want compensation for medical expenses or lost wages as soon as possible, but a timely filing will indicate that your needs are dire and legitimate. Wait too long, and you may surpass the statute of limitations on slip and fall claims, or may have a more difficult time convincing the judge that your injuries were as severe as you say.
Every case is different, but there are a few ways you can prepare to build a strong case for yourself to help ensure the success of your claim. Talk with a lawyer about your options and learn how you can get the legal representation you need.