How to File a Slip-and-Fall Claim
When you take a spill on someone else’s property, it might be your natural inclination to believe it was your fault, and you deserve to be stuck with injuries, medical bills, and lost wages.
In reality, it’s often true someone else was the culprit for your injuries through their negligence. When this is the case, filing a claim could you recover compensation for the injuries you’ve suffered.
Read on to learn how you can file a slip-and-fall claim—and don’t hesitate to reach out for the counsel of an experienced attorney who can help.
Filing a Slip-and-Fall Claim: How it Works
The first thing you want to do after suffering a slip-and-fall is take a moment to reassess. Are you OK? Do you require emergency medical assistance? If so, the following steps may prove impossible or unnecessary. Whenever you suffer an accident of any kind, seeking medical intervention as soon as possible is always the right course of action.
But if you have a second to gather yourself after the accident and are able to do so, take a moment to make sure the owner of the premises is aware of your injury. This goes for whether you’ve been injured at a commercial establishment, public property, or a private residence. Even a delay of a couple days may be enough to empower the insurance adjustor to question the validity of the claim.
At the same time, you should take a moment to document as much of the physical evidence of your accident that you can. Gather the names and contact information of any witnesses, and ask them whether they would be willing to give a statement. Also, use your cellphone to take pictures of any dangerous features before someone associated with the property can come along and remove all signs of negligence.
Later, make sure you seek medical treatment if you need it. This not only allows you to access the adequate care you need after an accident—it also documents your injuries for your official medical record, which is something the insurance adjusters may scrutinize later.
Finally, as most slip-and-fall claims are settled out-of-court and paid by the property owner’s insurance carrier, you can take the initial step of filing a claim for compensation by writing a demand letter and negotiating for a settlement.
Sometimes, the insurance company will refuse to pay you the compensation you deserve—at which point filing a formal lawsuit becomes your last resort. At any step of the process, however, you can speak to an experienced attorney from Halperin Law Center who can help ensure you are compensated for all the ways the accident has negatively affected your life.
Follow Up with a Slip-and-Fall Lawyer Now
Don’t let your chance to recover compensation after a slip-and-fall pass you by—contact a top-rated attorney with Halperin Law Center who can help you get started with your claim for free.
Just call 804-527-0100 or fill out the form below to request more information.