I was recently involved in a car accident. Unfortunately, since it was my first accident, I was scatter-brained and anxious. What I did not realize at the time was that the actions you take immediately after the accident can affect a personal injury case and the outcome of that case. I wanted to find a way to share my experiences and mistakes with other. Since the Internet is so popular, I figured this would be a great way to do so. While you likely aren't planning on being in an accident soon, if you are, hopefully you remember some of the tips I share on this website.
When you slip and fall, more can get hurt than your pride. Injuries from even a small slip and fall accident can be debilitating. An attorney will look at the reasons behind your fall, how injured you are, and your contribution to your injuries, if there is any. Injuries that are caused because of the negligence of another person generally mean that you have a strong personal injury case. Injuries you sustain because you weren't following the rules or you were being careless are going to be more difficult to seek compensation for. Your attorney will take a careful look at the details of your case to determine if you should make a claim or not.
How the Accident Occurred
If there was water on the ground, poor lighting, or another hazard that should have been addressed by the property owner that caused you to fall, this is negligence. Even when the weather is bad, walkways should not be hazardous to those visiting the property. You will want to write down exactly how your accident occurred, what caused you to slip and fall, and what the conditions were like at the time.
Your Injuries After Falling
Injuries from a fall can be substantial, no matter if you fell down onto the ground or down a flight of stairs. Broken bones, soft tissue damage, head injuries, and more can all be sustained under the wrong conditions. You will need to seek medical care for your injuries and talk to your medical providers about your symptoms. Your medical status will need to be carefully followed, and all treatment has to be documented. If you are not making progress during your recovery and you are not able to work, a slip and fall attorney should be considered.
If You are Assigned Fault for Your Injuries
After looking over your accident report, you may discover that you have been assigned a percentage of fault for your injuries. Maybe you weren't following the rules at work and fell, or you didn't see a wet floor sign that was clearly posted. Even when you have been assigned some fault for your injuries, you may be able to file a personal injury claim with the help of a slip and fall attorney.
When you are injured after slipping and falling, allow an attorney to look over your case carefully. While you may not feel as if your case is strong, an attorney may have a different perspective completely.