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The First Steps In Filing A Slip And Fall Claim


A slip and fall can be devastating and they can happen in an instant. Slip and fall injuries can cause spinal damage, traumatic brain injury, and both soft tissue and skeletal damage that can create long-term health issues. If you’ve slipped and fallen on someone else’s property and you believe the fall is their fault, you should consider filing a claim to receive compensation for your injuries. If you’ve never filed a slip and fall claim, here are the first steps you should take.

Step One: Get Medical Treatment For Your Injuries

No matter the circumstances of your fall, if you are severely injured you need to call emergency services first and foremost. Anything else can wait when you are injured. Not only is it important for your health to get treatment the moment you need it, if you don’t get treatment right away in a severe injury case, insurance companies will try to argue that you weren’t hurt as a result of the accident.

Step Two: Report The Accident

Once you have taken care of your health, you need to report the accident to the property owner. You need to report the accident as soon as possible. Delays in reporting can hurt your claim, so the sooner the better. The property owner may ask you to fill out accident claim paperwork. You are under no legal obligation to do this, so if you are not comfortable, you can decline. You’ll also need to report how you got your injuries to your health insurance company and your doctor so they can document the connection between your fall and your injuries.

Step Three: Take Photographs Of The Area Where You Fell

If you can take photographs of the property immediately. For example, if you slip on cracked pavement, broken stairs, or a wet floor, make sure to get pictures of what caused your fall. Photographs of the property are very valuable in slip and fall claims. If you are physically unable to take pictures because of your injuries, have a friend or family member go to the scene as soon as possible and take pictures. Sometimes property owners will try to repair issues before you can get evidence to dispute your claim, so act as soon as possible.

Step Four: Collect The Contact Information Of Witnesses

Witness statements can be very valuable as evidence in personal injury claims. If anyone saw your slip and fall, make sure to get their name and contact information. Then you or your attorney can contact them for a statement as your case progresses.

Step Five: Speak With A Qualified Personal Injury Attorney

The next step in your case will be to file a claim with the property owner’s insurance. You can do this yourself, but it is very difficult. You are better off speaking to an attorney first. Insurance companies do not like to pay for fair claims, so they will use a lot of tricks to get out of paying. An attorney will help. They’ll collect and present all the evidence, defend you against the insurance company’s tactics, and prove the legitimacy of your claim.

The attorneys at Your Injury Law Firm can help. With decades of combined experience helping slip and fall victims get fair compensation for their injuries, we know how to fight for our clients. To learn more about how we can help you in your slip and fall case, read here. You can also contact us for a free case review with one of our experienced attorneys.

 

Stephen M. Fernandez developed a strong belief in justice and fairness in public policy while earning his Political Science degree prior to attending law school. Since joining the Florida Bar Association in 2004, Stephen Fernandez has combined his background in public policy, business administration and civil law to serve as a highly effective trial lawyer fighting for Florida's injured, working hard every day to make sure his clients get what they are owed.

The First Steps In Filing A Slip And Fall Claim

Goldman Babboni Fernandez
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