Important Tips to Winning Your Slip and Fall Injury Case
Legally Reviewed and Edited by: Terry Cochran
Every year, thousands of people are injured in slip and fall accidents. Injuries from these types of accidents include broken bones, bruising, spinal cord, back, and traumatic brain injuries. Medical bills, pain and suffering, and time lost from work are just a few of the collateral damages incurred after suffering an injury in a slip and fall.
To win a slip and fall injury case and reach a settlement, you must prove negligence on the property owner’s part where the accident occurred. To protect your rights and increase your chances of getting compensation for your injuries, implement these essential tips to winning your slip and fall injury case.
Seek Medical Attention
The first tip to winning your slip and fall injury case begins immediately after the accident itself. Seek medical attention after any slip and fall accident, even if your injuries seem minor. Slips and falls are a significant cause of head injuries, which may not appear to be serious at first, but can quickly turn into life-threatening situations.
Getting medical attention is not only necessary for your health, but also to win your slip and fall case. Medical records show the extent of your injuries and the cost of caring for them. They also show the follow-up treatment recommended by your physician, which may include the time you had to take off of work for recovery and follow-up visits. Always follow the treatment plan from your doctor to avoid potential legal complications during your case. Obtain a copy of your medical records about your slip and fall accident and keep them in a case file.
Start a Case File
Even if you wait to hire a lawyer, you should start your own case file, whether on your computer or paper. Use it to store all documents, photographs, and records of communication that pertain to your accident. Keep the following documentation in your case file.
Take photographs of your injuries before treatment if possible. Also, take pictures of the site of your accident. Try to capture any dangerous conditions such as spills or lack of warning signs before the area is tampered with.
Keep records of any witness statements of your fall or of the conditions of the area where you fell. If several people claim that dangerous conditions existed, it can help your case.
Keep all medical records, police reports, workplace reports, correspondence with insurance companies, and any other paperwork in your file.
Improve your chances of winning your case by educating yourself about trip and fall accidents, including learning the terminology and legal processes. Speak with your lawyer and read online resources to educate yourself on slip and fall accidents to better familiarize yourself with this type of case. Pay attention to the following topics and terms.
Negligence and Premises Liability
To win your case, your lawyer must prove negligence on the part of the property owner. The legal parameters that prove negligence vary by state. In Michigan, your lawyer needs to show that the property owner should have known of the dangerous conditions, had the chance to correct the problem or given a warning, failed to provide a warning or fix the problem, and avoid losing to the “open and obvious doctrine” defense. The more you know about these requirements, the more prepared you are to win your case.
Comparative negligence is a common factor in slip and fall cases and requires the help of an attorney to navigate. This doctrine looks at the actions of you, the victim. It analyzes whether or not you had a legitimate reason to be at the accident site if the dangerous condition existed, if you could have seen and avoided the hazard, whether there were warnings posted, or if you were distracted when the slip and fall happened.
Hire a Personal Injury Attorney
The best tip to implement to win your slip trip and fall case is to hire an experienced personal injury attorney who will fight for your rights to compensation. The legal landscape of personal injury cases, and in particular slip and fall accidents, is complex and ever-changing, so hire a law firm to represent your interests. In some cases, a statute of limitations exists, so hiring a lawyer right away is your best bet to have a shot at winning your case.
Contact Our Legal Team Today
If you’ve been injured in a slip and fall accident, contact the experienced personal injury lawyers with Cochran, Kroll & Associates, P.C., today. We will review the circumstances surrounding your slip and fall accident and determine how to move forward with your case to get you the compensation you deserve. Contact us at 866-MICH-LAW to schedule a free case consultation.
Disclaimer : The information provided is general and not for legal advice. The blogs are not intended to provide legal counsel and no attorney-client relationship is created nor intended.