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Accidents can happen when you least expect them, and one of the most common types of accidents is slipping and falling. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reveals slip and fall accidents account for 46 percent of all fatal workplace injuries in the construction industry. Most lawyers stress the importance of seeking treatment for your damages first to avoid further health-related issues. At Holley, Rosen & Beard, we help slip-and-fall accident victims get compensation from the liable parties. A slip-and-fall accident lawyer from our firm will help protect our rights and ensure you get fair compensation for your injuries.
Here are the most critical steps to take after the slip and fall accident:
The first and most critical step after a slip and fall accident is to seek immediate medical attention. Even if you feel fine or believe your injuries are minor, seeing a doctor as soon as possible is highly recommended. Some injuries, such as internal or head injuries, may not show immediate symptoms but can be severe if left untreated. Importantly, this creates a medical record of your injuries, which is crucial for pursuing a legal claim.
After securing your health, start gathering evidence from the scene. This evidence plays a significant role in establishing liability and proving your case. For instance, take photographs of the accident scene or collect contact information from any witnesses who saw the accident happen. Importantly, preserve any physical evidence, such as torn clothing.
Report the accident to the property owner, manager, or staff responsible for the premises where the incident occurred. For instance, Illinois legislation requires slip-and-fall victims to report workplace injuries within 45 days after the incident. Request that they create an incident report and ensure you receive a copy.
Record the individuals you spoke to, the dates, and the content of your conversations. This is enough proof that you took appropriate steps on a timely basis.
Lastly, but most importantly, consult with a personal injury attorney as soon as possible. An attorney will evaluate your case, help you understand your rights, and guide you through the legal process.
Our legal team advises victims to consult a slip and fall injury lawyer early. First, they will advise on appropriate communication with insurance companies, gather additional evidence if needed, and negotiate for a fair settlement on your behalf. If necessary, they can file a lawsuit on your behalf in case of delayed or inadequate compensation.
Slip and fall victims deserve compensation from the liable party, whether a property owner, business proprietor, or employer. However, obtaining this compensation may only sometimes be straightforward due to the nature of personal injury claims. Our firm has helped many slip and fall victims in protecting their rights. If you or a loved one has suffered a slip and fall injury, contact us today for a free case evaluation.