Slip and fall accidents are among the most common cause of accident injury in the United States. They can happen almost anywhere, including at home, at school, at work, while shopping, or while walking outside. According to the National Safety Council (NSC), a national non-profit safety advocacy organization, slip and fall accidents account for some 8.9 million injuries1 requiring emergency treatment each year. When these injuries are serious, victims can often recover for their injuries by filing a personal injury claim. Filing a legal claim can be a complicated and time-consuming process, so it is advisable for people who have been injured in an accident to discuss their options with an experienced attorney. To schedule a free consultation with an experienced St. Petersburg personal injury attorney, call our office today at 727-222-6922.
People who are injured in slip and fall accidents are often hurt, confused, and uncertain as to what to do next. Victims should be aware of the fact that the things that they say and do immediately following a trip and fall accident can have a significant impact on whether or not they will be able to recover compensation. Some of the steps that anyone involved in a slip and fall accident case should take are detailed below. For specific advice regarding your situation, contact an attorney.
Seek medical attention – Trip and fall accidents are capable of causing serious injuries that require immediate medical attention. In some cases, the injuries that people sustain after a fall may not develop symptoms for hours or even days after an accident occurs. In addition, some injuries that initially may seem minor may linger for weeks or even months and have a significant impact on a person’s quality of life. As a result, anyone involved in a trip and fall accident should undergo a thorough medical evaluation as soon as possible after the incident occurs.
Record information about the accident – One of the most important things that trip and fall victims can do ensure that their rights are protected is to document as much information about the way in which the accident occurred and their injuries as possible. In some cases, documentation may be generated for you, as is the case with medical records or internal incident reports generated by businesses. In others, it may be up to people who fall to record certain information. For example, people who have fallen should take a picture of the scene of your slip and fall accident as soon as possible after it occurred in order to document the existence of any hazardous condition that may have caused your accident. Additionally, trip and fall victims should obtain contact information from anyone who happened to witness their accident as well.
Report the incident to the property owner or management – If the slip and fall accident took place in a private home, inform the homeowner that the accident took place. If it took place in a public building or outdoor property, report it to the party responsible for managing the property.
Retain legal counsel – People who have been hurt in slip and fall accidents should retain legal counsel immediately. Your lawyer will represent you in any contact that you have with the party responsible for your accident or his or her insurance company and will ensure that you obtain the compensation to which you are entitled. Slip and fall accident victims should keep in mind that their ability to file claim is subject to Florida’s statute of limitations2 on personal injury actions, so any delay in talking to a lawyer could jeopardize your ability to recover.
Contact a St. Petersburg trip and fall accident attorney today to schedule a free case evaluation
Slip and fall accidents often leave victims with extremely serious injuries and long-term medical complications. These, in turn, often result in significant economic and non-economic losses, including medical expenses, lost income, loss of enjoyment of life, and physical and emotional pain and suffering. Since 2009, the lawyers of the Dolman Law Group have been helping people injured in slip and falls and other preventable accidents recover for their losses. Anyone who has been hurt in an accident should call our office today at 727-222-6922 to schedule a free consultation with one of our experienced lawyers.
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