What to Do After a Slip and Fall Accident

September 7, 2021
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In Florida, slip and fall accidents can cause substantial injuries. If you were hurt in a fall due to someone else’s negligence, you could have the right to pursue legal action. You could be entitled to recover compensation for your injuries, lost income, and other damages.

A property owner has a duty to maintain their premises in a way that does not subject others to harm. If the property owner violated that obligation and you were harmed as a result, an experienced Florida slip and fall attorney can help you get the justice you deserve.

For more than four decades, the experienced personal injury law firm of Rue & Ziffra has fought for accident victims. We offer a free consultation for Florida slip and fall accident victims. Our personal injury attorneys will answer your questions and provide the information you need to get started with the legal process.

Should you find yourself in a slip and fall situation, the next steps you take can have a profound effect on your future physical and financial well-being.

Get Medical Attention

Seek immediate medical attention after any type of injury accident. After a slip and fall accident, this is even more important. A slip and fall accident can leave you with a head or brain injury, broken bones, dislocated joints, and neck or spine damage. Don’t hesitate to dial 911 and request emergency medical technicians to the scene.

If you don’t have EMTs evaluate you at the scene, visit an urgent care clinic or emergency room as soon as possible. Some types of slip and fall injuries can go undetected, for example, a brain injury that can potentially put your health at risk.

Keep copies of all medical treatment records including hospital emergency room visits, as these will be critical for documenting your legal claim.

Document Your Slip and Fall Accident

It is important to identify the specific cause of a slip and fall immediately after the accident. If you slipped in a retail store due to a puddle of water, for example, make sure you take photos of the scene and the hazard that led to your fall. Once the store becomes aware of the accident, they will rush to clean it up as quickly as possible—effectively disposing of the evidence.

Identify any witnesses that were present for the accident and gather their contact information. Their statements will help bolster your legal claim this is to include any text messages. Locate whomever has authority in the location, such as a store manager, and report your accident. Obtain that individual’s contact information and request the insurance company’s information, so you can file a claim.

It’s important not to assume any blame. You might be tempted to reach an out-of-court settlement with the property owner without consulting a personal injury attorney. Don’t do it! The insurance company isn't on your side and their primary interest is to pay you as little as possible. The insurance company won't negotiate a fair settlement if they think you are simply looking for quick cash.

Contact a Florida Accidental Slip and Fall Attorney

Injuries from a slip and fall accident can be life-changing, so it's important to take the right steps after an injury. The best course of action is to contact a personal injury lawyer who will advocate for you every step of the way. A slip and fall settlement can provide the financial resources you need for medical treatment and to pay your bills until you can get back to work. The personal injury lawyers of Rue & Ziffra handle everything for you, giving you the time that you need to recover and get your life back on track.

We offer a free consultation and case evaluation for injury accident victims throughout Florida. We will come to your location or, if you prefer, facilitate your consultation by phone or video conference. Contact us online or call 1-800-JUSTICE now to speak to one of our experienced, compassionate Florida slip and fall lawyers.

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