None of us want to think the time may come when we fall and get injured on someone’s property. You may be surprised to find out that more than one million Americans slip and fallevery year.
One of the biggest mistakes people make is to assume they are okay. Some injuries do not show up right away. Some show up over time. Adrenaline is a powerful painkiller. There have been cases of people walking on broken bones and they did not even know they were broken until later when they ended up in the hospital. Sooner or later you will probably find yourself in this situation. When that time comes, you should know what immediate steps you should take and when you should contact a slip and fall lawyer.
Note: Your health is always the most important thing. If you need medical attention, get medical attention first. Let someone else take care of the other details for you.
- Get the names and contact information of any witnesses to the accident. This could be important to your case if you end up in court.
- Take pictures of the accident from all sides. Make sure you get landmarks to prove your position and the object that caused the fall.
- Report the accident to the owner of the property. Make notes of the date, time, conditions, and any details you could forget.
- Seek medical attention and follow-up with all future therapy, rechecks, and future testing.
- Explain to your doctors how you were injured so that they will process the tests results and insurance requirements correctly.
- Fill out all accident reports accurately. (request copies)
- Keep a record of all receipts, reports, and expenses. Include over the counter medications, dressings, and money paid for transportation and assistance. Also, keep a diary of your pain levels on days when you suffer physically.
- Do not give statements to any insurance agents from the property owner. This includes verbal, written, or recorded statements.
- Consult your attorney and follow their instructions completely.
- Do not post information on social media.
Bonus Tip – Limit Your Social Media Presence
Social media plays an important part of day to day life. Insurance companies have ways of getting your social media information even if you think you are set to the strictest privacy settings. If they can show in court that you are at the lake with your friends the week after the accident, or at a party, or even if you make comments out of frustration, it could cost you the case. Even if the lake trip was spent sitting in a lawn chair, with you unable to walk, they will make it appear as if you were not hurt, thus implying that you are not injured. It is in your best interest to keep a low social media profile and do not let yourself be drawn into conversations that you may regret later.
This may seem overwhelming, but it really is just common sense. The courts are there to return you to the state you were in before the accident happened. Your slip and fall attorney is there to ensure that justice is served.
If you are injured due to the actions or in actions of others, you should pursue restitution. The future is uncertain with any injury. Do not be forced into a position that you do not deserve to be in.