What to Do After a Slip and Fall Accident
If you have been injured in an accident on someone else’s property, a Houston slip and fall lawyer can ensure your rights are protected and advise on the next steps to take.
Slip and fall accidents happen very suddenly and unexpectedly. Unfortunately, these accidents are usually preventable and could have been avoided if a property owner had kept their premises in a safe condition that was free of hazards.
When a person is injured on dangerous property, the victim can hold the property owner liable for paying compensation for medical expenses, lost income, and other damages sustained in the accident. But filing a slip and fall claim in Texas is not easy. There are many procedural rules accident victims must follow, and one mistake could greatly hinder a person’s chance of securing the compensation they need.
If you have been injured in an accident on someone else’s property, a Houston slip and fall lawyer can ensure your rights are protected and advise on the next steps to take. Contact the experienced team at The Law Offices of Hilda Sibrian to schedule a free consultation with an attorney now.
Tips for Protecting Your Rights After a Slip and Fall Accident
1. Seek Medical Attention
Your health and safety should be the most important concerns after any accident. If you have obvious injuries, you must receive treatment for them immediately. However, it is just as important to see a doctor even if you are not sure how badly you were hurt in the slip and fall. Certain injuries, such as concussions, are not always apparent right away, and if left untreated, any injury can become worse. A doctor will perform a full examination and know what to look for so you get the treatment you need.
Also, receiving medical treatment right away will ensure your injuries are properly documented from the start. This will be important as you move forward with filing a personal injury claim.
2. Take Photographs
You will need significant evidence to prove that someone else was at fault for your accident. Take pictures of your injuries, the hazard that caused the slip and fall, and any other relevant information, such as a lack of warning signs. All of these will help support your claim against the at-fault party.
3. Identify Witnesses
If anyone saw your accident, ask for their name and contact information and a brief statement. After you speak to a personal injury lawyer, your attorney will follow up with the witnesses and use this information to help support your claim.
4. Save Shoes or Clothing
During a slip and fall accident, there is a good chance that your shoes, clothing, or other property may become damaged. Although you may think you have no use for ripped jeans or a shoe that is stained by an unidentified slippery liquid, these items can be very useful evidence. They can serve as evidence of how your accident happened.
5.) Make Official Reports
Documentation is crucial after any accident. Although you will not likely need to report a slip and fall accident to the police the same way you would after a car crash, you should still try to officially document the incident. Tell the property owner about the accident, and if it occurred on the property of a business, tell the manager or supervisor. They may have an incident report for you to fill out.
Make very clear statements in the report and only include the basic facts, such as when and where the accident happened. It is important that you never guess on these forms regarding how the accident occurred or how badly you were injured. After filling out any incident report, ask for a copy before you leave the accident scene.
6. Write Everything Down That You Remember
After an accident, your memory about what happened may start to fade. For this reason, it is important to write down all relevant details so you can remember these later for your claim. It is also very important to keep a journal of your injuries and how they are impacting your life. This will help a lawyer evaluate your claim and determine how much compensation you need.
7. Work with an Experienced Slip and Fall Attorney
It is crucial to work with a slip and fall attorney who has experience in premises liability law, especially if you have sustained serious injuries. After reviewing your claim, an attorney can explain this area of law and how it applies to your case. A lawyer will also thoroughly evaluate the damages you have suffered in order to demand maximum compensation.
Additionally, an attorney will conduct a full investigation to determine who was at fault for the accident and collect additional evidence to prove your claim. Insurance companies are notoriously difficult to work with, as they will use many strategies to deny or reduce claims of injured individuals. Essentially, your attorney will handle all of the legwork and paperwork associated with your claim while you focus on getting better.
Talk to Our Slip and Fall Accident Attorneys Now
If you have been injured in a fall on someone else’s property, it is important to speak to one of our Houston slip and fall lawyers now. At The Law Offices of Hilda Sibrian, our lawyers have the necessary experience and resources to hold at-fault parties and insurance companies responsible. We will fight aggressively for the full and fair compensation you need to recovery from your injuries.
Contact us today to schedule your free consultation so we can review your personal injury claim and advise you of your legal options. Our law firm does not charge any fees upfront to start work on your slip and fall claim, and we only get paid if we recover money for you.