7 Legal Considerations for Slip-and-Fall Accidents, and How a Personal Injury Lawyer Can Help

Whether you slipped on a wet floor at a convenience store or slipped on a broken sidewalk, the consequences can be severe. If you've been hurt after falling down at a company, here are some legal considerations to help you win your claim. 

1. Seek Medical Attention Immediately

 Seek medical attention immediately, even if you feel like your injuries are minor. Some injuries, such as traumatic brain injuries, may not show symptoms until hours or days after the accident. You can get an accurate diagnosis and receive proper treatment by seeking medical attention immediately. Additionally, seeking medical attention creates a record of your injuries that can be used as evidence in your case.

2. Report the Accident

Reporting the accident to the property owner or manager is important because it creates a record of the incident. Make sure to get a copy of the incident report for your records. If the property owner or manager refuses to file a report, document the interaction and let your personal injury lawyer know.

3. Document the Scene

Take photos of the area where the accident occurred, including any hazards or dangerous conditions that may have contributed to your fall. This evidence can be used to support your case. Try to take photos from different angles and distances to provide a complete picture of the scene. If there were any witnesses to your accident, ask for their contact information so your lawyer can contact them to use their testimony in your case.

4. Avoid Talking to the Insurance Company

The property owner's insurance company may contact you to discuss the accident. It's important to avoid discussing the accident with them until you've spoken with a personal injury lawyer. The insurance company may try to get you to say things that can be used against you in your case.

5. Avoid Signing Anything Without Consulting Your Lawyer

If the property owner's insurance company offers you a settlement, consult your lawyer before signing anything. The settlement may not fully compensate you for your injuries and losses. Your lawyer can review the settlement offer to be sure you receive fair compensation.

6. Determine Liability

You must prove the property owner's negligence caused your injuries to have a valid case. Your lawyer can help you determine liability by investigating the scene, gathering evidence, and interviewing witnesses. They can also work with experts to determine whether the property owner complied with safety regulations and building codes.

7. Understand the Damages

Damages in a slip-and-fall case can include medical expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering. Your lawyer can help you understand the damages you should receive and can work with experts to calculate the full extent of your losses. They can also help you collect evidence to support your claim for damages.

Contact a personal injury lawyer for more information.