Falling and getting hurt is an occurrence that takes place daily, but it is not often that you hear about what to do in a situation where you have fallen and sustained an injury. Many people make mistakes when it comes to trying to get just compensation following a slip or fall. If you are looking to file a personal injury claim, it is important to know what you need to gather in order to build a strong case. Each circumstance is unique and will likely require different actions, but here are the most important things to avoid after a fall:
If you have fallen in someone’s business or home, it is crucial that you report it to the owner of said property. In a business, reporting it means that you speak with someone and get written documentation at the scene. This is important because it alerts them to the accident, and it gives both parties the most accurate version of the story, seeing as the fall had just taken place. Waiting to report it can look suspicious and leaves room for details to get forgotten.
Taking photos of where you fell is also an important part of getting the compensation you deserve. The small details can help your case. This is also time-sensitive because evidence that exists at the scene may not exist in the next few hours or days, as things are often moved around in homes and businesses.
Finding yourself not wanting to go to the doctor after a fall? That could be a big mistake. The most important thing to do after a fall is to seek medical treatment to ensure that you are okay. Slips and falls can lead to head injuries or neck and back injuries, and those do not always show up right after a fall. You may feel just fine, but getting checked out by a doctor is the best option. This also helps when filing your claim because you will have documentation of the injuries sustained. The fact that you went seeking medical attention shows that you were concerned about the injury you sustained, which helps to build a strong case.
Social media is a gift and a curse. Currently, the internet allows for much of your life to be accessed by the public, including insurance companies. Posting about the accident or even about your daily life can all be used against you because it is considered public information. The best course of action is to refrain from posting anything, or to temporarily deactivate your account until proceedings are through.
Another mistake people make is thinking that they can do everything on their own. Instead of putting all the pressure on yourself and your family after an accident, hire a personal injury lawyer. At Carl Reynolds Law, we specialize in personal injury cases to get you the compensation you deserve. We can help you navigate through the legal jargon, dealing with insurance companies, and we will fight for you every step of the way.
If you have sustained an injury on someone else’s property and are looking to file a personal injury claim, contact the attorneys at Carl Reynolds Law for your free consultation.