If you have been injured in a slip-and-fall accident on someone else’s property, you are right to be thinking a claim for compensation. Despite the common perception that these are “minor” incidents, the reality is that slips and falls leave many victims suffering from painful injuries, and in many cases they can have consequences that affect victims for the rest of their lives.
To avoid paying for someone else’s mistake for years to come, it is important to make sure that you understand the steps you need to take to protect your legal rights. Here is a brief overview of some of the steps you should be taking after a slip-and-fall accident in Palm Beach County, to preserve your chances of securing maximum compensation:
Five Steps to Take to Prove Your Slip-and-Fall Claim
1. See a Doctor
After any type of accident, it is important to see a doctor as soon as possible. Your doctor will be able to diagnose any injuries resulting from your fall that may require immediate or long-term care. In addition to protecting your health, your doctor’s diagnosis and treatment advice will most likely be critical evidence in your claim for compensation.
2. Take Photos
If you are physically able to do so, you should take photos of the where you fell. Did you slip on a spill? On a recently cleaned floor? While our investigators will be able to collect this evidence as well, any photos that you are able to take at the scene of the accident could prove extremely helpful in your claim for compensation. You should also take photos of your injuries, damage to your clothes and personal items, and of anything else that you think might at all be relevant to your case.
3. Keep Records and Receipts
In a premises liability claim, documentation can be your best friend. Try to keep copies of your medical records, scans, statements of benefits, receipts, and any other records relating to the accident or the treatment you receive for your injuries.
4. Keep a Calendar or Journal
Our memories fade over time, and when you are trying to recover from a serious injury, the days tend to blend together. But, if you ever need to testify the effects of your injuries, you will want your recollection to be as vivid and specific as possible. To help you remember how your injuries impact your life, try keeping a calendar or journal where you log anything you are unable to do as a result of your injury.
5. Avoid Common Mistakes
Finally, there are a number of common mistakes that you will need to avoid in order to prove your claim as well. These include things like:
- Returning to work when your doctor prescribes rest.
- Talking to the insurance companies.
- Posting the accident on social media.
- Waiting too long to speak with an attorney your case.
At Brian D. Guralnick Injury Lawyers, we can walk you through all of the steps you should take – and mistakes you should avoid – to protect your rights. To learn more, schedule a free consultation today.
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If you were injured in a slip-and-fall accident on residential, commercial, or government property in Palm Beach County, Brian D. Guralnick Injury Lawyers for a free consultation. Request an appointment online or call me, Brian D. Guralnick, personally at 561.202.MORE(6673) so that I can help you Demand More® for your injuries today.