Slips, Trips and Falls Cause Serious Injuries
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Slip and Fall Cases Can Be Complicated and Hard to Prove
When you’ve slipped or tripped and fallen down, especially in public, you could be embarrassed and want to try to get up before anybody sees you. However, you may not know how badly you’re hurt, so the safest thing you can do is to stay down and try not to move too much.
If someone comes to your assistance, ask for his or her name(s) and contact information. Tell them to get an employee or manager over if you are in a store or other business. Try and get the names and contact information of others present, including customers, store employees and any other witnesses.
Seek Medical Attention. Even if you don’t think you are hurt, you may be injured. Your injury may not become apparent for a couple of days. With a medical exam, your slip and fall lawyer will be able to prove that you were injured should it become necessary.
Ask the employee or manager to fill out an accident report. You don’t want their insurance company to deny the accident happened. If you are required to fill out an accident report, do so if you are able.
Ask the business owner or manager to preserve a copy of the video surveillance. Unless you specifically ask them to preserve the surveillance video, the store will likely tape over it. Be sure to remember the date, time and precise location of your accident.
Take pictures of the surrounding area. If you have a phone or disposable camera in your purse, take photos of the area where you’ve fallen. Photograph your clothing and where you are hurting, if you can. You could ask a bystander to snap some photos for you.
Look around you and try to determine why you fell. Was something lying on the floor? Was the floor itself slippery? Was there an obstacle in your path that you did not see? Many times people slip and fall on a floor that was recently waxed or because of invisible cleaning solvent build up.
Don’t answer any questions. If someone asks you how you feel or asks any questions about the incident, be polite but don’t answer or sign anything. This is to protect you from the business owner’s insurance company and their lawyers. They may pretend to be concerned for your well-being, but they are only concerned about denying your claim or paying you as little money as possible.
Call an experienced personal injury lawyer. Your best protection is to tell people to ask your lawyer. You may not feel like you’ve been hurt until later. With some injuries, especially if you hit your head, the extent of your injury might not become apparent for weeks or months.
Slip and Fall Settlement Amounts
Isaacs & Isaacs personal injury law firm has been dealing with these kinds of cases for decades. They can be very complicated. Investigating the accident, determining who is liable and obtaining enough evidence to prove the liable party was negligent is not always easy to do, especially since the insurance company will have their team working against your attorney from the start.
From everything we’ve seen and heard over the years, the best advice we can offer you is to contact an experienced slip and fall attorney as soon as you possibly can. Ideally, you should call a lawyer from the accident scene before you talk to anybody else or move. However in most cases, a victim is confused and dazed and may not be able to think clearly.
Isaacs & Isaacs personal injury law firm is on your side, and we are available around the clock to help you in your accident crisis. It is okay if you aren’t sure why you fell, whether you are injured or who is responsible. We will assist you immediately. Call us now at 800-800-8888, or fill out our online form or to speak with an experienced personal injury lawyer.