Slip and falls are one of the most common preventable accidents in which people sustain serious injuries. While some slip and fall victims are able to continue on with their lives with little interruption, others suffer injuries that require medical treatment, missed work, and more. The losses from a slip and fall injury can be surprisingly extensive, so it is important to know whether you have the right to compensation for your losses.
Companies can be held liable for a slip and fall accidents if the accident occurred due to the negligence of the business and its employees. There are certain things you can do after a slip and fall to protect your rights to financial recovery from the negligent company.
The store or property owner will certainly address the hazard that caused the fall as soon as possible, generally to prevent others from slipping and falling. To back up your claims that a hazard existed, it would be wise to use your phone to take a picture of what caused the fall. This might be a slippery or wet floor, debris on the ground, and other dangerous conditions.
Report the Accident
You should always report a slip and fall accident and injuries to the store management if you are able to do so. If the store has a system for written reports, fill out the details of what happened on the report and check it for accuracy. You should take a picture of the report to prevent it from being altered after you leave the store.
Seek Medical Attention
If you feel anything out of the ordinary – such as stiffness, soreness, or disorientation after hitting your head – you should seek medical attention right away. Getting a swift diagnosis and beginning treatment will allow you to recover faster and avoid complications in many situations. It is also critical to have records showing that your fall resulted in specific injuries and treatment recommendations to justify the damages sought in an insurance claim.
Call a Personal Injury Lawyer
A personal injury lawyer can help in many ways after a slip and fall, such as:
- Identify whether a store or business should be held liable for your losses
- Gather evidence to support your claims
- File a claim and supporting documentation to the proper insurance company
- Negotiate the claim you deserve
- File a personal injury lawsuit if needed
- Try to get your medical bills covered
Discuss Your Rights with a Fargo Slip and Fall Attorney
After a slip and fall incident, you might have the right to receive compensation for your medical bills, lost wages, and other losses. You should reach out to our personal injury lawyers Tatum O’Brien, Tim O’Keeffe, or Sara Monson by email or call O’Keeffe O’Brien Lyson Attorneys at 701-235-8000 or toll-free 877-235-8002.