What to Do After a Slip and Fall Accident
Have you been injured in a slip and fall accident or know someone that has? Unfortunately, slip and fall accidents are very common and can cause serious and potential lingering or life-long injuries. Not to mention, high medical bills.
Slip and fall accidents can also be exacerbated from negligence on the behalf of a property owner. Florida law states that all property owners (home, business, or stores) have a legal duty to ensure that there is reasonable safety to any of their visitors.
If a homeowner, property owner, or manager violates this legal duty of reasonable safety, they are then legally liable to compensate the injured party for their medical bills and losses. If you have been injured, you need to make sure you know what to do next to make sure you receive the compensation you deserve!
Common Injuries From A Slip And Fall
While you may feel a bit embarrassed after a slip and fall, you have no reason to feel that way. These injuries can be serious and should not be taken lightly or ignored. In fact, about 20% of falls result in broken bones.
Other common injuries include:
- Sprained ankles or wrists
- Cuts and bruises
- Concussions or other brain injuries
- Spinal cord injuries
- Back, neck, and shoulder injuries
Depending on what type of injury you suffered from during your fall, you may also need multiple medical procedures or ongoing rehabilitation. Always remember, you did not cause the accident and you should not have to pay physically or mentally for it!
Contact our experienced slip and fall attorneys to help make things right after your accident. At Mickey Keenan Law, your family is our family.
Steps To Take After An Accident
After a slip and fall accident, it is imperative to follow these steps as they can impact the success of your personal injury claim.
1. Call 911
Documenting the scene of a fall accident, just like a car accident, is crucial. A medical professional will be able to look you over for initial injuries, as well as a police officer will be able to document the scene for a police report.
A police report is crucial to your case as you move forward seeking out compensation. A police report will indicate the conditions of the area, such as deep cracks in the sidewalk, or water on the ground. They can also start speaking to witnesses.
2. Take Pictures, If Possible
If you are able to, make sure to document the scene yourself as well. Taking pictures and videos will provide visual documentation of the scene moments after the fall. Also, make sure to take pictures of your injuries. Make sure to share these with your attorney.
3. Seek Out Medical Assistance
Even if you met with a medical professional when you called 911, it is still a good idea to follow up with your regular doctor to be evaluated for any issues that may have manifested later, such as a brain injury or torn meniscus.
4. Start A File and Journal Your Injuries
Starting a journal to show your day-to-day conditions, emotions, and improvement is important to show and share with your attorney. It will be hard to look back and remember the important details later.
Additionally, start a file with all your important documents. This can include the police report, hospital/medical reports and bills, correspondences between the property owner, leave of absence notes from work, etc.
5. Speak with an Injury Lawyer
It is important to understand your legal options after a slip and fall. No matter the size of the fall you are suffering from, you should not have to worry about dealing with insurance companies, property owners, and medical bills while you are trying to recover.
The sooner you speak with a lawyer the easier it will be to start filing your case and getting you the compensation you deserve.
What Compensation Am I Entitled To?
When it comes to a slip and fall accident, it is important to remember you did not cause your injuries. You should not have to pay for anything that was related to your injuries; this should be left to the negligent party.
At Mickey Keenan, PA, our slip and fall accident attorneys will fight to get you compensation for:
- Medical bills
- Lost wages
- Rehabilitation costs
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional distress
It is true that most slip and fall cases do not go to trial—actually fewer than 2% of cases do—but our attorneys are ready to fight for the compensation you deserve. We will make sure the insurance companies do not settle for an unfair amount.
You have four years from the incident to file a lawsuit against the property owner or manager, but you should not delay because without having specific time-sensitive documentation, you may not have a strong enough case.
Injured From A Slip And Fall?
If you have been injured due to a slip and fall accident make sure you contact an attorney at Mickey Keenan Injury Law right away. In order to win your claim and compensation for slip and fall accidents, you must be able to prove that there were damages, negligence, and a breach of duty. We can help you with your case and since you’re our family, we’ll make sure you get the medical attention you need too.
To have the best personal injury case, we recommend you follow the steps above after a slip and fall accident. Remember to make sure everything is documented from the accident scene to your injuries to your physical and emotional health and well-being.
Call us at 813-871-1300 or go online through your app or our website to schedule your free consultation. At Mickey Keenan, P.A. our Tampa, FL attorneys will be by your side helping with your case from the moment you contact us.