Slip and fall injuries are painful and dangerous.
Slip and fall accidents can cause broken bones, paralysis and head injuries. Victims often face exorbitant medical bills, and some cannot return to work. According to the Occupational Safety & Health Administration, a large portion of these accidents are fatal.
Recovering damages after a slip and fall accident can be a legally complex process, but bringing a claim may help you avoid overwhelming debt and even bankruptcy. There are certain steps that you can take in the immediate aftermath to strengthen your claim.
If you were injured in a slip and fall in Alabama, contact Morris Bart. A Montgomery personal-injury attorney can evaluate your accident, gather evidence, talk to witnesses and handle settlement negotiations on your behalf.
Call 800-537-8185 to schedule a consultation. Until then, read on to learn six steps to take after a slip and fall:
Report the Incident
If you are able, report the accident to the property owner or manager as soon as possible. Then, contact the police. Ask the officer to create an incident report, and request a copy.
Collect Evidence at the Scene
Try to collect evidence at the scene. If possible, take photos of the hazard that caused the accident. The property owner or manager may attempt to fix the problem after your injury, but the photos can help your injury lawyer prove negligence. You should also take close-up pictures of your injury.
Look for closed circuit television cameras (CCTV). Make a note of their locations. Ask to view the footage, and if possible, record the video on your cell phone.
Talk to Witnesses
If people saw the incident, ask for their contact information. Witnesses often see details that slip and fall victims miss. Your personal-injury attorney may use their testimonies to support your claim. Be sure to record their names, addresses and phone numbers.
Visit a Doctor
According to the National Floor Safety Institute, falls account for more emergency room visits than any other cause – 8 million each year. Injuries from a slip and fall can be severe, but they often take several hours to manifest. You may not feel pain due to the shock and adrenaline, but you should still undergo a medical evaluation. If you put off the doctor’s visit, then it may be difficult for your attorney to tie your injuries to the slip and fall.
Store Medical Records in a Safe Place
Keep copies of all reports and medical records related to the accident. Your personal-injury lawyer may need these to calculate damages.
Contact a Personal-Injury Attorney
The property owner or the insurance company may offer a settlement that will not cover all of your medical expenses. A personal-injury lawyer can help you calculate the damages so you do not accept a low settlement offer.
Also, insurance adjusters sometimes ask leading questions to manipulate victims into admitting partial or complete fault. An attorney can handle correspondence with insurance companies and represent your interests.
If you were injured due to a property owner’s negligence, contact an Alabama personal-injury attorney from Morris Bart. Call 800-537-8185 to schedule a consultation.