A slip and fall incident can lead to severe – and in some cases, even catastrophic – injuries. That’s why it’s critical that you contact an experienced attorney as soon as possible to make sure your rights are protected. Here’s some information on what to do should this type of accident ever happen to you or someone you love.
Get Medical Attention After a Slip and Fall
This is the obvious first step after any slip and fall accident, but it’s not only important from the standpoint of your physical health, it’s also vital to the health of your case. The reason is that you need to have a record of your injury as soon as possible. Even if you feel fine, go to a doctor as soon as possible. You could have an injury that might not be immediately apparent, but could flare up days – or even weeks – later. If you don’t have a medical record of the incident and then symptoms appear at a later date, you may not be able to prove the fall was the cause of your injury.
Talk to a Lawyer
You might not be sure whether you want to take legal action after a slip and fall incident, but you still need to speak with an attorney, so you are entirely clear regarding all of your options. Attorneys typically work on a contingency basis, meaning that they receive a percentage of whatever compensation you will receive if you win your case. You should not have any out-of-pocket expenses. An attorney can also serve as a buffer between you and the insurance company, protecting you from a low-ball settlement offer that might not even cover your medical expenses.