You didn’t plan to have a slip and fall accident. It just came right out of nowhere. It doesn’t matter if it happened on a public street, in a private home or business, a bad fall is a bad fall and you now have injuries. Do you know what do you need to do to take care of any current or future potential medical expenses or lost wages? Knowing ahead of time the way to proceed can be invaluable in getting proper help and care in your slip fall injury case.
First things first: assess the situation. How hurt are you? Is immediate emergency care necessary? If so, call 911 for an ambulance and proceed at once to the nearest emergency room. If not, you should still seek out treatment, so immediately see your medical care practitioner. You may not even be aware of injuries you have suffered as a result of slipping and falling. A complete medical evaluation should include X-Rays,a Cat scan or other extensive procedures. These tests and exams are done to rule out any possible unknown injuries. Head injuries can be particularly difficult to diagnose at first. You may have suffered a head injury that you are not even aware of. Common slip and fall injuries often include head trauma.
Next; are there any witnesses or people to help you? If so, be sure to not leave the scene of the slip and fall accident without filing an accident report. Be sure to document the date and time of your slip and fall accident. Note what you were doing just before you fell and what exactly caused the fall. Also take note of any apparent hazards located in the area. Try to be as specific as you can in the details – was there a crack in the concrete of the sidewalk? Were tree roots lifting up the sidewalk, causing a tripping hazard? Was there a liquid spilled at the grocery store which had not been cleaned up properly? Be very specific. Get statements, names and contact information from any of the witnesses who may have seen the slip and fall accident. Be sure to get a copy of the accident report.
If you find yourself a victim of a slip-and-fall, you may be entitled to compensation. You may have a slip and fall negligence case. It is advisable to have a good personal injury attorney represent you in your case. Do not reach a quick settlement just to be over and done with it all. You may be cheating yourself out of your rightful settlement. A qualified personal injury lawyer will assist you in preparing to answer possibly contentious slip and fall deposition questions from the other side. Your attorney will see that you are fairly represented and prepared to know what to expect. In order to reach the maximum settlement possible, your lawyer will help to set the personal injury claim value of your case. Don’t let a slip and fall injury set you back, be proactive and get the help you need
Contact Orange County personal injury attorney Jeffrey Dawson to discuss the specifics of your potential slip and fall law suit.