If you slip and fall in a public place like a store, you can easily experience both immediate and long-term pain, as well as debilitation. If you’re going to file a lawsuit to obtain compensation for your injuries, you want to make sure that you don’t make the following mistakes:
Deciding Not to Report the Accident
When you fall in a store, your first feelings might be embarrassment and a desire to leave the store as quickly as possible. But it’s essential to any future legal action you might take to stay in the store long enough to file a report of the accident with the manager.
Forgetting to Ask for Copy of the Report
After you report your slip and fall accident to the manager, remember to ask for copy of his report. Just reporting your accident to the manager isn’t enough. You need evidence that you reported it, as well as the name of the manager.
Failing to Get Witness Names
An important factor in any slip and fall injury is having witnesses to the accident who can testify about what happened. Make sure that you get the names and contact information for anyone who saw you fall.
Not Seeking Medical Attention
Following the slip and fall injury, many people try to ignore their pain or wait until they can see their regular doctor. But for the sake of your own health (as well as any lawsuit you might need to file) you should seek medical attention immediately. If too much time passes between the accident and the doctor’s visit, or you don’t follow your doctor’s advice, it will be much harder to win your case. You will be supplying the insurance company with a weapon they can use against you during settlement negotiations or in court.
Failing to Speak to a Personal Injury Lawyer
Insurance companies are going to be eager for you to accept compensation without first speaking to a personal injury lawyer. This is because they know that you might not recognize just what fair compensation is in your case. An experienced injury lawyer, like those at the Hancock Injury Attorneys will help ensure you are treated fairly. If you have a question, need help or legal advice regarding your case, please feel free to contact us.