What To Do After A Slip-And-Fall Accident
Slip-and-fall accidents will always catch you by surprise. In the aftermath, you may be sore, embarrassed, and confused. It can be hard to know how to proceed. However, slip and fall injuries can be serious, and should not simply be shaken off. It’s important to know what steps to take after a slip-and-fall accident in order to ensure that you can get the care that you need as well as the financial support that you are entitled to. In this post, we’ll walk you through the steps to take after a slip and fall accident. The information provided in this post is general, but if you would like personalized feedback based on your case, you are encouraged to reach out to our attorneys to schedule a consultation.
Steps to Take After a Slip-and-Fall Accident
- Get Medical Care. The first thing to do after a slip and fall accident is to get medical care. Slip-and-fall accidents can cause serious injuries, including broken and fractured bones, traumatic brain injuries, internal bleeding, and other injuries that may not be immediately detected but could prove to be serious. Soft tissue injuries may take days to become fully apparent, but delaying medical care until the pain peaks can make it harder to obtain approval for your claim, since the insurance company can then argue that an intervening incident caused your injury. If you cannot satisfy the causation element, you will not receive coverage. Make sure to retain your medical records and bills for your claim.
- Gather Evidence. If you slipped and fell due to a spill, uneven ground, or environmental hazard, it will be important to get some evidence of the conditions that caused your accident. If you are physically able, take some photographs and videos that clearly show the hazardous conditions. If anyone saw your accident, ask for their name and contact information so that they can serve as a witness if needed.
- Contact a Personal Injury Attorney. Another reason that it is important to get medical care is because it helps you to get an idea of the severity of your injuries and what will be involved in recovering from them. If you have already incurred a hospital bill, and/or your injury will require physical therapy or surgery, it will be important to contact a personal injury lawyer who can help you receive coverage for all of your medical costs.
- Bring Your Personal Injury Claim. You have standing to bring a personal injury claim if someone else’s negligence caused you to incur physical and financial injuries. These injuries can be substantiated with medical records, bills, and lost wages. If you are successful in bringing your claim, you will be entitled to receive compensation for economic damages as well as pain and suffering.
Contact Leifer & Ramirez Today to Schedule a Consultation
If you have suffered an injury as the result of a slip-and-fall accident that was caused by another person or party’s negligence, the personal injury lawyers at Leifer & Ramirez will fight to get you the full amount of compensation that you are entitled to. Contact Leifer & Ramirez today to schedule a consultation. We serve clients in Fort Lauderdale, West Palm Beach, Delray Beach, Boca Raton, Boynton Beach, and communities throughout Florida.