Falling in a public or private place can lead to severe injuries. Tripping over something can lead to a sprained ankle, a broken bone, a traumatic brain injury, or other types of serious injuries. If the fall was due to the negligence of someone else, such as a store or property owner, the victim may be able to obtain compensation for the injury. To do this, it’s a good idea to speak with a lawyer. Use the following tips when contacting an attorney for help.
Seek Medical Attention and Call a Lawyer
For the most severe injuries, emergency medical care may be needed. For less severe injuries, it is still important to seek medical care as soon as possible to show what the injuries were and to start receiving proper care to recover faster. Those who are injured in a fall will then want to contact a lawyer for help. The lawyer will be able to help them request and obtain compensation from the liable party.
Avoid Signing Any Paperwork
Immediately after the accident, many companies or other defendants will ask the injured person to sign paperwork stating what happened. It is not a good idea to sign this without having a lawyer read it first. It is possible that the paperwork will include a statement saying that the injured person is going to waive a settlement and the company is not going to be held liable for the accident. If this is signed, the injured person may not be able to receive any compensation. Instead, avoid signing anything and request a copy for a lawyer to review.
Gather Any Evidence or Contact Information
If possible, gather any evidence of the fall as well as contact information for witnesses. Evidence can include photographs, any surveillance footage of the fall, or anything else that might be helpful in determining how the accident happened. If evidence cannot be obtained, talk to the lawyer about it. The company may not be willing to release surveillance footage, but will if they receive a court order to do so.
Store Evidence Like Photos Properly
At home, take some time to make sure any evidence is stored properly. This includes backing up things like photographs. If the photos are taken on a smartphone and the phone breaks, it may be difficult or impossible to recover the photos. Instead, backing up the photos can make sure they are available when needed to prove how the accident happened. Don’t forget to provide a copy of all photos to the lawyer handling the case, as they may be needed.
Start Working With a Lawyer
Once the lawyer has been hired, they’ll start working on the case. This includes dealing with the insurance companies involved and negotiating a higher settlement. It is important to work closely with the lawyer to stay on top of everything that’s happening and understand what’s going on with the case. The lawyer can answer any questions during this time and work diligently to obtain the highest settlement possible.
If you’ve been injured because of a fall that was caused by someone else’s negligence, you may be able to obtain compensation. The most important thing to do is to start talking to a lawyer as soon as possible so they can help you through all of the next steps.