After any accident that causes injuries, the most important thing for anyone to do is to focus on their own medical needs so that they can focus on making a successful recovery. Unfortunately, it isn’t as simple as going home, laying down, and waiting it out until you are better. While you are trying to recover you will need to go through a series of steps in order to ensure that your physical and emotional health is prioritized and that you have access to the compensation that you are rightfully entitled to.
As the victim of a slip and fall or any other type of premise liability, it is essential that you take the right steps to ensure that you are not limiting your ability to collect compensation meant to help you move forward with your life. Day one: call 911, call your doctor, call a slip and fall lawyer.
Call 911 Immediately
If you have been injured, then you need medical support. However, getting help from EMTs is not the only important thing that will happen when you call 911 and the police, firefighters, and EMTs arrive on the scene. You will be able to speak with a police officer who will be able to produce an accident report while firefighters are able to inspect the hazard that caused your accident, and EMTs are able to examine your injuries.
All three of these functions directly benefit you for a variety of reasons, like ensuring that you receive the care that you need, but also because they are reported in official documents such as an accident report or an injury report. These documents will be central in getting you the money you deserve moving forward.
See Your Doctor
You may think that your injuries don’t warrant a visit to the doctor’s office, or you might think that you should just “suck it up” because your injuries aren’t that bad. The reality of the situation, though, is that you were injured because of someone else’s failure to keep you safe—as they should have—and you do not deserve to suffer the pain and impact of these injuries on your own. Seeing a doctor is an important step in your recovery process.
Secondly, seeing a doctor is another opportunity to create an extensive record of your injuries; again, these documents will be central to your insurance claim that you have every right to file as a victim of someone else’s failure to keep you safe on their property.
Find an Attorney
Filing an insurance claim is a fairly simple process, and doesn’t require the help of a legal professional to complete. However, filing a claim is one small step in an overwhelming process that you will need to go through in order to get the compensation that you deserve. The insurance claims system is designed with the goal of limiting award amounts to victims in order to save the insurance company money, and you need to work with someone who understands this system to help you push back.
Once you hire your attorney, you can follow their lead as they handle the communications with the insurance company, calculate your actual financial damages, and then handle negotiations once the insurance company has made their initial settlement offer.