Tuesday, January 3, 2017

What to do After a Slip and Fall




Slip and fall cases occur throughout the United States. On average, slip and falls account for over 1 million visits each year.1 Individuals injured in a slip and fall case have the legal right to recover damages from property owners whose negligence caused the accident. Slip and fall injuries can result in significant medical expenses in addition to lasting complications. Property owners should be held liable whenever this occurs.

Despite the regular occurrence of slip and fall cases, victims may be unaware of the steps they should take to file a lawsuit. The following are some of the important steps victims should take to improve their chances of recovering damages:

1 - Report the Slip and Fall and Obtain a Copy

An important step in any slip and fall case is reporting the accident to the property owner or whoever is in charge. This is critical as it creates a written record of the accident. This report may play a vital role throughout the various stages of litigation. Therefore, it is also important that victims obtain a copy of the report for their records.

2 - Identify Potential Witnesses

Witnesses can play vital roles in slip and fall cases. Therefore, victims should obtain the names, telephone numbers, and addresses of any and all witnesses, including employees, who may have witnessed the fall.

3 - Gather evidence and Information

Slip and falls cases must be proven with evidence. As such, victims should gather as much evidence as possible at the time of their fall.

Cell phones with camera capabilities allow victims to take pictures of the property, the floor, and whatever was close and may have caused your fall. If your phone does not have a camera, someone in the store may be able to help.

Try and determine what you may have slipped on. Slips are often caused by a substance or liquid that had been on the floor for an extended period of time. Evidence may help establish the manager noticed the hazard and that he or she subsequently failed to have it cleaned prior to your fall.

4 - SEEK MEDICAL ATTENTION!!

Your physical health and well-being is paramount. While it is important to preserve as much evidence of your slip and fall as possible, you should seek emergency medical treatment if necessary. The property owner/manager or witnesses can call an ambulance for you.

Keep a record of all the medical treatment you receive as well as the expenses resulting from your treatment. Attend all necessary follow-up appointments. Medical expenses make up a significant portion of total damages and you cannot recover what you cannot prove.

5 - Avoid Accepting Insurance Company Offers Before Retaining Experienced Legal Counsel

Recovering damages in a slip and fall case requires a lot of time and diligence. Insurance companies often provide victims with unjust offers in an effort to resolve a case before it reaches litigation. An offer should never be accepted without being reviewed by an experienced attorney. An attorney can ensure that the offer is sufficient and that there are no unreasonable clauses within the proposed settlement agreement.

There is no need to rush into accepting a settlement offer. The State of Florida allows for a slip and fall case to be brought up to 4 years after the incident.2 Therefore, victims have enough time to retain an attorney and build the strongest possible case.

CONTACT A ST. PETERSBURG SLIP AND FALL ATTORNEY TODAY

If you have been injured in a slip and fall case, you should be allowed to recover just compensation for your injuries. The premises liability attorneys at Dolman Law Group have the knowledge, skills, and experience to help you receive the compensation you deserve. Call (727) 222-6922 and schedule your free consultation today.

Dolman Law Group
1663 1St Ave S.
St. Petersburg, FL 33712
(727) 222-6922

https://www.dolmanlaw.com/st-petersburg-slip-fall-accident-attorney/

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