Unfortunately, sometimes people slip and fall. What is even more unfortunate is that these accidents could have been prevented, but wasn’t due to someone’s negligence. No one plans for a slip in fall accident to happen. However, when it does you need to know what to do. At the moment, you could be scared or confused. Obviously, this is not the ideal state of mind to be in. The next decision you make could affect your ability to recover damages.
The most important thing to do right after you fall is to seek medical attention. Not only is it important to make sure you are okay, but its the first step in building up your case. Plus, it is important to remember that not all injuries are apparent as soon as you get them. It may take some time for you to notice anything is wrong. A medical professional can help you discover any injuries before its too late. If you don’t seek medical attention, the party at fault will use this against you. The defense could use a number of tactics to dismiss your injury. They could claim that you got it somewhere else. This is why it is so important to see your doctor as soon as possible. Getting a full account of your injuries is important for your case and for your health.
The next step is to inspect the cause of the fall. Did someone forget to put out a wet floor sign? Did the store allow far too many people to enter? Were there products not easily seen on the floor? We recommend that you look around as soon as the fall occurs so you can figure out what the cause was. Trying to figure it out later can be difficult, especially if the store cleans up the mess right after.
Taking pictures is always a great way to strengthen your case. Having a visual aid will not only give the jury proof of the guilty parties negligence, but it will help your attorney build your case further. Remember to take as many pictures as possible of the area. Your attorney can figure out what isn’t relevant later. What is important is gathering enough proof that your description of the event is accurate.
If anyone saw what happened, make sure you get their information. If your accident happened at a store or some other business, other clients or customers are your best witnesses. They will help strengthen your case further. Get anything you can. Name, phone number, email, and address of anyone who can attest to the fact that your depiction of the event is accurate. Having a witness will make it harder for the defense to discredit your version of what happened.
Some businesses will ask you to fill out some kind of accident report. This is for their records and you shouldn’t be afraid to fill this out. Just remember to write down all the important details. You don’t have to embellish anything. Just fill out the important facts. If you refuse to fill out this report, the defense could say that you didn’t take your accident that seriously. Getting as much documentation of what happened is always a good idea. You should also write down what happened for your own records. You want to make sure you don’t forget any important details either.
Get your attorney involved as soon as possible. Your lawyer can help you navigate the traps the insurance companies or the other party might set up in order to discredit you. They will try to take whatever you say out of context. This is because they are trying to pay out as little as possible for your claim. Your attorney can help you get the compensation you deserve.
If you have, you need an experienced attorney that knows how to deal with the insurance companies and the liable party. Villarreal and Begum have significate experience in fighting for people who are victims of slip and fall accidents. If you find yourself in an accident, you can call The Texas Law Guns day or night. Feel free to contact us online or call our office for your free consultation.