Slip and fall accidents are common and can happen anywhere and at any time. You could suffer from a slip and fall at a private residence or a public area. Such accidents are common leading to over one million emergency room visits per year as reported by the National Floor Safety Institute. Knowing what to do after your injury can greatly impact the outcome of your settlement.
Know Your Rights
If you are injured as a result of a slip and fall, whether it be someone’s private property or that of a business, you may be entitled to compensation. Homeowner’s insurance or business insurance will cover your medical expenses up to a certain limit. You may also be entitled to liability coverage as well. In order to be covered under a liability insurance policy, you will have to prove that the homeowner or business was negligent in allowing dangerous conditions that directly contributed to your accident and subsequent injury.
Seek Medical Attention
If a slip and fall accident left you with an injury, the first thing you need to do is seek medical attention. Even if you don’t feel like you are hurt, it is always a good idea to head to the doctor to be checked out to ensure there is not an underlying injury that could show up days after your accident. If you hit your head you could have a serious brain injury and not even know it.
Keep Good Records
After the accident has occurred, you should take a picture of the accident scene. You would also be wise to take pictures of any visible injuries you sustained from the slip and fall. Keep a record of all doctor’s visits, treatments, and medications. Work with a reliable injury attorney for the best outcome in court. Such documentation may be required when settling your case.
Stick with the Facts
When you have a slip and fall accident, the first thing someone is going to ask is if you are okay. Fight the urge to tell them you are fine or that you are not hurt. Such phrases can be used against you by the insurance company to downplay your injuries and result in you receiving less compensation. You will also need to explain to the insurance company what happened. Stick to the facts and don’t offer up any information that wasn’t asked of you.
You deserve to be compensated for your pain and suffering. A fair settlement will mean all your medical bills and medications are paid for as well as receiving compensation for pain and suffering.
Author Info: Rachelle Wilber is a freelance writer living in the San Diego, California area. She graduated from San Diego State University with her Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism and Media Studies. She tries to find an interest in all topics and themes, which prompts her writing. When she isn’t on her porch writing in the sun, you can find her shopping, at the beach, or at the gym. Follow her on Twitter and Facebook: @RachelleWilber.