11 things to do after a slip and fall injuryLast updated on: November 14, 2022
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A slip and fall accident can occur in a second, but it can cause long-lasting financial and emotional damages. Each year, slip and falls account for over 1 million hospital visits. When employers ignore safety regulations or a store fails to clean up a spill, workers and customers can be seriously injured and left with significant hospital bills.
If you have been injured in a slip and fall accident in Texas, contact Zinda Law Group today at (800) 863 5312 for your 100% free consultation. You will not pay us anything unless we are successful in winning your case.
Report Your Accident to Property Owners/Managers
If the accident occurred in a store, parking lot, or other commercial space, report it to the owner or manager. Be sure to get a copy of the report in writing as well as the contact details of the property owner.
Talk to Eyewitnesses
You should also speak to any eyewitnesses and get their contact information, as this may benefit you when seeking compensation. Witnesses should be able to discuss how the accident occurred, the injuries the victim maintained, and other related information, such as weather conditions or noticeable hazards on the floor.
Seek Medical Help if Necessary
In serious fall cases, you should immediately seek medical attention, especially for potential back and head injuries that can be life-threatening. In mild slip and fall cases, you may not feel as though you need medical attention. Still,, it is always a good idea to be checked by a doctor after a slip and fall to detect any injuries that you could have incurred because of your accident. You should also pay attention to any signs and symptoms that occur in the days following the accident, as they may not be immediately noticeable.
Further, a medical professional will help to document all of your injuries. This paperwork is extremely important when seeking compensation. Contact Zinda Law Group today for more information.
Be Cautious of Insurance Company Representatives
Insurance representatives are focused on making their company money, which unfortunately means they will likely try and lowball their first settlement amount in hopes you will accept it without negotiating. Never admit fault to an insurance company representative and always discuss the settlement amount with an attorney before accepting it. At Zinda Law Group, our attorneys understand insurance companies’ tactics and can help negotiate on your behalf to pursue the maximum amount of compensation available for your situation.
Take Pictures of the Accident Scene
As soon as possible, take photos of your injuries. This may include pictures of any broken bones, stitches, or other injuries from your slip and fall. Additionally, if you are not too injured to do so, take pictures of the location where your accident occurred and any broken stairs, wet floors, or other hazards that contributed to your fall.
Furthermore, in order to help you receive the compensation you may deserve after a slip and fall injury, you will need to keep track of your expenses. This could include hospital bills, rehabilitation costs, and documented time taken off from work due to your injuries. You will also want to write down everything you can remember about how the accident took place and what happened immediately afterward, as it may take time to bring your accident in front of a judge.
Contact Zinda Law Group today to discuss your case. Our experienced attorneys can help explain what you should document following a slip and fall accident.
Gather Witness Information
If there were any witnesses to the slip and fall accident, be sure to ask for their contact information. Witnesses may prove vital in determining fault in your case, as they may be able to corroborate your report, or even provide information you were missing. Witness statements may also be used to prevent insurance adjusters from denying your claim. Preferably, you should gather witness statements at the scene of the accident. These statements should also be extremely detailed.
If you have any other questions regarding witness statements, or need assistance in gathering witness information, contact Zinda Law Group today.
Don’t Talk About Your Case on Social Media
After a slip and fall injury, you may be anxious to vent about what happened. Although this feeling is warranted, you should refrain from doing so on social media, as this may hurt your case. You don’t know who may see your post, whether it be defense counsel, insurance adjusters, or other investigators. These individuals may then use your post against you later on in settlement negotiations. The other party may claim you were not as injured as you claimed based on a video of you working out, for example. Or a post you meant as a joke with your friends may damage your claim to insurance adjusters.
Although it may be tempting to post about your accident on Facebook, Snapchat, Instagram, or other social media platforms, don’t. If you need additional information on how social media can affect your slip and fall claim, call our team at Zinda Law Group today.
Determine How Long the Danger Existed
You may also talk to witnesses or the property owner to determine how long the danger that you tripped over, or slipped on, existed. Under the theory of negligence, the defendant (such as a store owner or homeowner) had a duty to act if they knew, or should have known, that the danger existed. For instance, if an individual invites you into their home, knows, or should know, there is an improperly installed carpet and fails to warn you or fix the carpet, he or she may be liable for a slip and fall accident.
Report the Slip and Fall Accident to Your Employer
If you were injured at work, report the accident to your supervisor. In Texas, this must be done within 30 days from the date you were injured. A worker’s compensation claim must also be filed within one year of the injury.
If you need more information on reporting the slip and fall accident in Texas, contact Zinda Law Group today. We know the specific laws and regulations associated with workplace injuries in Texas and can help explain them to you as soon as possible.
Call a Personal Injury Attorney Today
A slip and fall injury lawyer in Texas may be able to assist you by dealing with questions about hospital bills, insurance claims, and the next steps that you can take in your case. Once hired, Texas attorneys who have handled fall injury cases similar to yours will be able to discuss the specific facts of your case and help determine how much your case may be worth.
Zinda Law Group attorneys in Texas are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, so call us today to discuss your case.
Frequently asked questions
Below are frequently asked questions regarding slip and fall accidents:
What to do after slipping and falling?
After suffering from a slip and fall accident, you will first want to seek medical attention, especially if your fall was serious. A medical professional will be able to properly diagnose all your injuries, even the ones you were unaware of.
Next, document how the accident occurred. This may mean taking pictures of the scene, what caused your slip, and of any injuries. You should also write down everything you can remember about what happened, as your memory may start to fade before your claim can be brought to court.
Lastly, you should contact an attorney with experience in slip and fall accidents. An attorney can help gather relevant evidence, hire expert witnesses, and fight for you in front of a judge if a favorable settlement cannot be made.
How long does it take to file a slip and fall claim?
If you were injured in a slip and fall accident and want to file a lawsuit against the other party, you need to be aware of the time limits, or statutes of limitations, that are in place. In Texas, you have two years from the date of the accident to file a claim. However, it is best to contact a fall injury lawyer near you as soon as possible to help you navigate the filing timeline and seek the maximum amount of compensation you may deserve.
Should you go to ER after a fall?
The answer to this question generally depends on the severity of your fall and subsequent injuries. Always seek medical attention if you have hit your head, as you may be suffering from a traumatic brain injury or internal bleeding. Further, you should go to the emergency room if you cannot move a limb or if you are in serious pain.
At Zinda Law Group, our personal injury lawyers have helped many Texans get the compensation they deserved after suffering from slip and fall accidents. Whether you were injured from a workplace spill or a negligent business owner, we recognize the impact that a slip and fall injury can have on victims and will work to help our clients seek maximum compensation for hospital bills, time taken off work, pain and suffering, and much more.
Call a Zinda Law Group personal injury attorney today at (800) 863 5312 to set up your free initial consultation. You do not have to worry about paying us anything unless we are able to win you compensation in your case. That is our No Win, No Fee Guarantee.