Mistakes to Avoid After a Slip and Fall
A slip and fall accident can be embarrassing. It can also result in extensive injuries that affect your independence, lifestyle, and income if you are unable to work. Whether you fall at a residence or business, here are some mistakes to avoid after your slip and fall.
Do not fail to report it. Put your embarrassment aside and report your slip and fall rather than leaving the premises. Report the incident to the correct person, such as a manager or storeowner, and make sure to ask the manager for a copy of the incident report.
Do not be afraid to ask for a witness’s help. Don’t be ashamed to ask witnesses for their contact information in case they need to make a statement to prove your injury claim.
Do not fail to gather evidence. If you can, take pictures of the hazard that caused you to fall, such as a wet and slippery floor, ice, snow, loose carpet, or items on the ground. Be sure to take both close-up and far away photos to help prove negligence in your slip and fall case.
Never ignore your pain. If you are suffering from serious pain, call the paramedics immediately. If you have slight pain, it is still in your best interest to go to the ER and receive a thorough medical examination. If you choose not to go to the emergency room, book an appointment with your primary care doctor as soon as possible.
Do not skip your doctor appointments. Your insurance company will be following your every move after a slip and fall accident. To win your case, it is critical that you attend all of your follow-up doctor appointments and physical therapy sessions. If you fail to do so, your insurance claim may suffer.
Never give a recorded statement to insurance companies. People that have suffered from a slip and fall accident automatically assume that they are doing the right thing by giving all of the necessary details to the insurance agency in a recorded statement. Your insurance company isn’t looking out for you, the injured party, they are looking out for their own interest.
Do not file claims without the help of a lawyer. One of the other major mistakes many people make is trying to handle a slip and fall claim on their own. It is in your best interest to have the help of an experienced slip and fall lawyer that is on your side.
New Brunswick Slip and Fall Lawyers at the Law Offices of Harold J. Gerr Are on Your Side
New Brunswick slip and fall lawyers at the Law Offices of Harold J. Gerr are here to assist you in your time of need. Call us today at 877-249-4600 for a free consultation about your case or contact us online. We represent clients in Highland Park, Somerset, New Brunswick, Edison, South River, Sayreville, Metuchen, East Brunswick, South Plainfield, Fords, Middlesex, Old Bridge, Iselin, Bound Brook, Perth Amboy, and Colonia, New Jersey.