Do’s And Don’ts Of A Slip And Fall

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Slip And Fall Attorney

Getting injured in any way can range from a nuisance to a complete disaster. However, when it happens in public in front of other people–as many slip and fall accidents do–it can add an extra layer of embarrassment to it. This is one of the biggest issues with slip and fall accidents. Many people, at the moment, get embarrassed and want to get out of the situation as quickly as possible. In doing so, they may not take pictures, talk to any witnesses, or get in contact with the store manager. When they start feeling the aches and pains of their accident a few hours or a day later, they may realize that they should have gathered as much evidence as possible when they had the chance. Below, you’ll find more information on what you should and shouldn’t do for a slip and fall claim. 

The Do’s And Don’ts That Will Help With Your Slip And Fall Claim

What should you do following an accident? 

  • Do show where it happened. This may seem like one of the more obvious things to do for a claim but it will be important to establish where you got your injuries. Insurance companies will be prepared to argue that you got your injuries from somewhere else, not from the slip and fall accident. It is crucial to your claim to show your injuries came from this accident. 
  • Do remember what caused the accident. Was there a loose tile on the floor? Was the light out overhead? Was there a large puddle of water but no warning signs? To establish that you were not negligent, you need to bring forward evidence and show how the property owner was negligent. 
  • Do ask about filing a report. One thing that will help legitimize your claim will be to fill out an accident report as soon as possible. You want to notify the person who owns the property–or the highest-up person there at the time–what happened and ask them to fill out an incident report. 
  • Do talk to witnesses. It may seem embarrassing to go up to someone and say “Hey, did you see me wipe out over there?” However, witnesses are the backbone of many slip and fall claims and can make the difference in your claim being successful or not. 
  • Seek medical evaluation & follow recommended treatment regimen. Even if your slip and fall did not result in immediate injury, you should still be evaluated by a medical professional. If you were injured seriously, you may require more intensive treatments and rehabilitation

What shouldn’t you do following an accident? 

  • Don’t overshare. As any lawyer, like a slip and fall lawyer from a trusted firm like David & Philpot, P.L. knows, if you overshare what happened, tell insurance companies the details of your accident, and tell your friends and family, you should be ready for anyone and everyone to misconstrue what happened and add or take away details. Talk with your lawyer about the accident and keep conversations with others to a minimum. 
  • Don’t go on record with insurance. The property owner’s insurance will be more than happy to get you on record talking about the accident. Understand that they are doing this to protect their best interests and not yours. 

When you are ready to file a slip and fall claim, reach out to a legal team you can rely on to get you through this.