Slip and fall accidents are one of the more prevalent ways people are injured. Unless the injury is caused by yourself—and often it is hard to tell—you should become familiar with the steps you should take after a slip and fall accident occurs.
If you suspect you or a loved one was injured in a slip and fall accident and the accident was the fault of another party, you may have a case against the liable party and you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries.
After a fall, it might take you some time to regain your bearings. Once you recoup from the shock, identify if you have been hurt. Take whatever time is necessary to check yourself for injuries or pain. If you are unable to get off the floor or if any movement feels excruciatingly painful, seek help of a bystander and do not attempt to get up or start walking away from the accident unless you would be in more danger if you were to stay in place. If you need more serious medical attention, you or a bystander should call for help or dial 911.
Once you are ok to do so, you look around carefully to figure out what led to the accident. You should document everything about the episode, such what caused the slip and fall. Be sure to collect as many details as possible. Before the conditions change – such as an employee moping a spill—take pictures of the location. Also look to see if there is a security camera in the area that might show what happened in the incident. In addition, identify potential witnesses and get their contact information in writing.
Once you have inspected and documented what happened, report the incident to the property owners. Limit your communication with them and do not accept blame or assert that it is their fault. Both personal and commercial property owners have the responsibility to maintain a safe environment. But if you are injured due to the property owner’s fault, you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries. Seek the advice of an experienced slip and fall accident lawyer to help determine who is at fault and help assess the potential value of your slip and fall case.
Once the dust has settled, you should call a lawyer to help determine if you have a case. They will consider the cause of the slip and fall accident, and assess what your financial recovery may look like. Also, an experienced slip and fall lawyer will help you navigate the intricacies that come with negotiating your claim and will seek to maximize your financial interests. A lawyer can also evaluate taking your case to court if the insurance adjuster is not working with you on a fair settlement.
If you or a loved one have been injured in a slip and fall, call the experienced slip and fall accident lawyers at Heintz Law to see if you have a case and to determine the best legal strategy for you. We’ve helped accident victims from Bradenton, Sarasota, and all over Florida receive compensation for their injuries. Call us for a free consultation now at the number above or contact us online.