Many people don’t know that slip and fall accidents account for a large number of accidental injuries every year in the United States. Most of the time these accidents are caused by icy sidewalks, poorly lit stairwells, torn carpets, wet floors, etc. If you are injured in a slip and fall accident, you can file a personal injury claim.
However, people make a lot of mistakes when filing a slip and fall accident case that may affect their claim.
Here are some of the common mistakes that people do when filing a slip and fall injury claim.
Not Notifying The Building Manager About The Accident
If you slip and fall in a building the first thing you need to do is notify the building manager or an employee of the building about the accident. The manager will write an incident report, which is very essential for filing the slip and fall injury claim. The report can be used as evidence in the case and it also proves the severity of the injury you sustained during the fall.
Not Getting Proper Medical Treatment
Most people neglect seeking adequate medical treatment after the accident. It is very important to seek medical care in two ways. First, there may not be any external injuries but you may sustain internal injuries. If you bang your head when you slip and fall, it may even lead to short term memory loss or severe brain injuries in some cases. Also, seeking medical treatment ensure that your injury is documented and it will help as evidence in the slip and fall injury claim.
Failure To Collect Evidence
A major part of the success of your slip and fall injury claim depends on your ability to provide proper evidence that shows the dangerous conditions that caused your accident. If there is any physical evidence, it might be a great help for your case. If you can show the court that you were wearing appropriate shoes at the time of the incident, the court can rule out that the accident occurred due to your negligence. Make sure to take photos of the floor and the surroundings to prove that there were no warning signs.
Failure To Hire A Slip And Fall Lawyer
Most people believe that they can handle the injury claim on their own. But the reality is that there are several legal proceedings in these cases which a common person may not understand. Hiring a slip and fall attorney will help in handling the case smoothly and the attorney can prevent the things that could jeopardize your injury claim.