If you have been involved in a slip and fall accident, you might be wondering what steps you should take in seeking compensation for your pain and suffering, medical care, etc. While the legal process can be a bit daunting, taking the right actions following the accident can help ensure that you receive the compensation you deserve.
With that in mind, here are the basic steps you should take if you have been (or ever become) injured in a slip and fall accident.
#1 – Inform the property owner or manager.
It is always a good idea to have a formal record of the incident, even if you don’t think your injury is serious. The details of the accident should be documented, and you should review what is written down before you agree to the details in the accident report.
If a formal accident report is not generated, send a notarized letter to the property owner outlining the details of the accident as well as any other relevant details regarding necessary medical care or treatment that results from your injury. Keep a copy of this letter for your personal records.
#2 – Be seen by a medical professional immediately.
Even if you feel fine and don’t think you were badly hurt, it is imperative that you see your doctor or visit the ER to be thoroughly checked out. Do not decline any test, procedure, or therapy. Request and retain copies of all relevant paperwork. If you send a notarized letter to the property owner, include copies of all medical documents with it.
#3 – Decline any offer of settlement provided by the property owner’s insurance carrier.
Insurance companies operate in their own and their clients’ best interests, not yours. In most cases, insurance settlements do not provide adequate or reasonable compensation. Lump sum settlements do not take into account things like long-term treatment or care, loss of wages over time, or other financial hardships your injury could cause.
Even if the insurance agent tells you that you won’t get a better deal going through a lawyer, don’t be fooled. It is important that you know your rights and understand the terms of any settlement to which you agree. That leads to our last and most important bit of advice…
#4 – Contact a personal injury attorney immediately.
You owe it to yourself to understand your rights as an injured person. An insurance agent will only give you half the story. A seasoned personal injury attorney can explain all of your legal rights and work with the insurance company to get you the settlement you deserve, not the one they want to give you.
At Banafshe Law Firm PLC, our seasoned team of aggressive personal injury lawyers has recovered millions of dollars for slip and fall accident victims just like you. We invite you to visit us today at banalaw.com to schedule a free initial consultation. There is no charge for the advice and you don’t pay a penny unless we collect money for you.