19 May 2016
What to Do After a Slip & Fall Accident
Posted By Darrigo, Diaz & Jimenez
A slip and fall accident can take a huge physical and financial toll on an injured person. If the fall was caused by another person or business, you can and should exercise your right to pursue compensation for things like medical expenses, lost income, or money to compensate for pain and suffering. In order to be successful in a slip and fall case, you must be able to prove that the owner of the property was at fault for the accident. A skilled Tampa personal injury lawyer at Darrigo, Diaz & Jimenez, Attorney at Law can assist in this matter.
What Should You Do Immediately After a Slip & Fall Accident?
What you do immediately after a slip and fall accident can have a big impact on the success of your personal injury lawsuit. Here’s what you should know about what to do after an accident:
- Seek medical attention. Many slip and fall accidents are minor, but it is not uncommon for some accidents to result in head trauma, broken bones, or internal injuries. It is critical to get checked out by a doctor after a fall for two reasons. The first is, of course, to safeguard your health and keep you out of immediate danger, and the second is to obtain a medical diagnosis in writing that can be used as proof of the injuries you have sustained.
- Identify the cause of the accident. Find out what caused the accident. Was it a liquid spill, a piece of loose carpet or flooring, ice, or uneven concrete? If possible, get a picture of the scene of the accident before the condition is changed. This is valuable evidence to support your claim.
- Take down the contact information of any witnesses. If anyone nearby witnessed your accident or its aftermath, you should take their names and contact information so that they can corroborate your story.
- File an accident report. If your accident occurred at a store or other business, immediately report the accident to a manager. They will likely have you fill out an accident report. Make note of any indication that the manager or other personnel knew about the dangerous condition beforehand and failed to correct it.
Avoid making any statements about how the accident occurred while you are waiting for help to arrive. You should also refrain from laying blame or making any immediate demands. After your accident, immediately get in touch with a Tampa injury attorney at Darrigo, Diaz & Jimenez, Attorney at Law. We would be happy to provide you with a free personal injury consultation during which we can discuss your legal options. We have recovered more than $200 million for injured clients, and we may be able to help you, too!
To get started, please contact our firm today: (813) 774-3341.