People fall down. It happens. Gravity is a burden everyone faces on a daily basis. Slip and fall accidents can not only cause you long-term pain, they can interrupt your life and damage your financial well-being.
Most people are unsure of what to do after suffering a slip and fall accident. It’s normal to have more questions than answers after being involved in such an accident. Depending on where the accident occurred, you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries. The following is a list of what you should do in order to build a successful personal injury claim.
Obtain Medical Assistance For Your Slip and Fall Accident
It goes without saying that if you’ve been injured in your slip and fall accident you should go to the hospital or see a medical professional. Make sure you document the locations of every medical provider you visit to treat your injuries. The last thing you want is a forgotten medical bill to pop up after you have already received a settlement. You should also heed the advice of your doctor if they suggest you seek additional treatment for your injuries from a physical therapist or a chiropractor. Health is your most important possession in life. You should not take it lightly.
Report the Slip and Fall Accident
If you do not require immediate medical assistance, you should inform the proprietor of the location that you suffered a slip and fall accident. If you fell in a grocery store or a residential property notify the manager or owner/landlord. Request for them to provide you with a written report of the incident for your own records. If they refuse to do so, write up a report on your own. If the slip and fall accident took place on public property and there is no one around in any sort of official capacity then you will want to gather as much evidence as possible.
If possible immediately following the accident, you should do your best to document the events of what took place as much as possible. The best way to do this is to take videos and photographs of scene of the accident and to obtain the names and contact information of any witnesses who may have seen you fall. You should be sure to photograph or video record what caused you to slip and fall whether it be ice, a pool of liquid, or improperly protected stairs. Make sure to preserve the shoes and clothing you had on at the time of your slip and fall accident. The more evidence you have the stronger your personal injury claim will be.
Do not under any circumstances admit fault, whether it be to the property owner, a store manager, or an insurance adjuster. Admitting fault for your slip and fall accident will only hurt your ability to make a personal injury claim in the future. Insurance adjusters are trained to get accident victims to admit fault, so be wary of the questions they ask you and the tactics they try to employ. You should also avoid placing blame on anyone else for the accident. Let the law decide who the at-fault party is.
Call The Advocates
If you’ve been hurt in a slip and fall accident The Advocates can help you get back on your feet again. The lawyers with the Montana Advocates have helped thousands of their clients recover millions of dollars over the years. We are experts in personal injury law and know how to make insurance companies pay their fair share.
The Montana Advocates will do all of the legal legwork so you can focus solely on healing. We will negotiate with insurance adjusters for you, recover your lost wages, get a fair estimate for your damaged vehicle, and gather a comprehensive set of your medical records. We won’t stop fighting for you until we feel you have been properly compensated for your injures and losses. So don’t wait! Contact our office for a free case evaluation. Call 406-272-6986 today or chat immediately with a lawyer. Let us help you get back onto the road to recovery!