You may hear a lot of useful (and maybe some useless) advice from friends and relatives after a slip and fall accident. Your loved ones mean well. They want to help you recover from the physical, emotional, and financial injuries that you are suffering, so they tell you what to do next. However, as you begin your recovery, there are important things that you should avoid doing as well.
Slip and Fall Mistakes to Avoid
To protect your legal recovery after a slip and fall, it is important to avoid mistakes, such as:
Failing To Get Medical Care
Many people minimize the injuries they suffer in a fall. However, fall injuries can be significant and often require medical attention. Do not delay getting the medical care that you need because you are embarrassed about the fall.
Failing To Fill Out An Incident Report
If you were hurt at a store, restaurant, hotel, or other business, then you should fill out an accident report. Be sure to keep a copy for yourself and provide the report to the business manager or owner.
Talking To The Insurance Company On Your Own
Insurance companies want to pay you as little as possible for your slip and fall claim, and insurance adjusters may use anything you say against you. Therefore, it is important not to talk to the insurance adjuster directly, and instead, to direct the adjuster to your lawyer.
Signing Anything Without Consulting Your Lawyer
You may accidentally provide the insurance company with information they don’t need or sign away some of your fair recovery.
Waiting Too Long To Contact A Slip and Fall Lawyer
You have a limited amount of time to pursue a slip and fall case, and relevant evidence may be lost if you wait too long to contact an attorney. Therefore, it is important to contact a lawyer as soon as you can.
Of course, everyone makes mistakes from time to time. If you did any of these things, you might still be able to make a legal recovery with an attorney’s help.
Have You Been Injured In A Slip And Fall Accident?
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