What Steps Should I Take After a Slip and Fall Accident?
Personal Injury - October 14, 2015
Slip and fall accidents can cause potentially fatal injuries – especially for seniors. Without immediate medical care, serious complications may arise, including spinal cord injuries and even paralysis. These can be exorbitantly expensive to treat, but if your accident was the result of a property owner’s negligence, then you may be able to recover costs. We recommend that you contact a personal injury attorney to protect your rights and secure evidence at the scene.
Slip and fall victims usually have a long list of questions.
What steps should I take after a slip and fall accident?
If you were injured in a slip and fall accident, the first thing is to assess your injuries. If you are severely injured, call 911 and seek medical attention as soon as possible. A doctor can identify the extent of your injuries and develop a treatment plan.
If possible, take photos or have a trusted family member or friend take photos of the area at the time of the injury where the accident occurred. These photos can be taken on a camera phone. In addition to photos, a video of the area that shows the defect is also acceptable. It is important to take the photos and videos before the scene of the accident is cleared (ice melts, obstructions that caused the fall are moved, etc.).
Even minor injuries can slowly grow, exposing more serious conditions hours or days after the accident. Regardless of the extent of the injuries make sure to take photographs as soon as possible.
Will the damages cover my medical expenses?
One of the primary goals of a personal injury case involving a slip and fall is to recover compensation for medical expenses. This is another reason why it is so critical to seek medical attention as soon as possible.
A medical record will help your attorney quantify the health-care costs. However, it is essential that you visit a doctor as soon as possible. Delay in receiving treatment will most certainly be used as an excuse that accident did not cause the injury or that the injury isn’t as serious as said to be.
According to Illinois law, a successful personal-injury lawsuit should provide the funds necessary to pay for accident-related expenses, including emergency room visits, surgery, medication and doctor visits. As long as the medical care relates to your injury, then you may be able to claim the expenses in a lawsuit.
Will the damages pay for lost income from time off work?
While you are recovering, it may be difficult – or even impossible – to continue working. This is understandably stressful because, combined with medical expenses, a loss of income can leave you feeling hopeless and potentially in debt.
Fortunately, you may be able to recover this loss as the result of the property owner’s negligence.
If you were recently injured in a slip and fall accident and would like to speak with a Chicago personal-injury attorney, contact Horwitz, Horwitz & Associates. We can assess your case and answer any questions you may have. To schedule a free consultation, call (800)-985-1819.