Posted on April 7, 2016
The truth About slip and Fall Accidents
You’ve slipped on a wet or greasy floor, or tripped over a loose door jam that no one bothered to repair. As a result of this tumble, you sustained severe enough injuries, you had to make a trip to the emergency room. Now you’re not sure what to do, or who will be responsible for paying your medical bills.
Slips and Fall Accidents Aren’t a Joke
Despite what sitcoms might have you believe, slip and fall accidents aren’t a laughing matter. According to data collected by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics 11% of men and 5% of all women who sustain fatal injuries while at the workplace, were involved in some type of slip and fall accident. When the number of people admitted to the emergency room, nationwide, following a slip and fall injury was recently added up, it came to about 8 million, with 5% of those involving at least one broken bone.
Employers report that recovery time from a slip and fall accident, is the main reason employees have to take time off.
What to Do Following a Slip and Fall Accident
The first thing you need to do after you’ve fallen, and get yourself to the emergency room. Don’t assume that just because you feel okay immediately following the fall that you didn’t sustain an injury. Some injuries, such as whiplash and concussions, don’t present themselves until hours after the initial accident. Going to the emergency room right away not only gives you a chance to get completely checked out, but it also creates a record of the accident, something you’ll need if you need to file a lawsuit against the property owner.
In a perfect world, the owner of the property where you sustained the slip and fall accident, will step right up and handle the expenses connected to your fall. Unfortunately we don’t live in a perfect world and there have been too many cases of the injured party only getting the compensation they were owed after they filed a civil law suit.
It doesn’t matter if you slipped and fell while at work, in a public place, or on someone’s private property. It’s in your best interest to explore the possibility of filing a civil lawsuit against the property owner if they were negligent, if their insurance company is refusing to cover your medical expenses and lost wages, or if you feel you should be reimbursed for your pain and suffering.
You will want to contact your attorney as close to the time that the accident happened as you possibly can. You don’t want to wait several months before doing so. The idea is to get the ball rolling on your case as quickly as possible, and to collect information regarding the fall and the circumstances leading up to while everyone’s memory remains clear.
In addition to helping you file the civil claim, your slip and fall attorney will make sure the details of the accident have been properly documented and obtain testimonies from people who witnessed the event. If you were involved in a slip and fall accident, contact a personal Injury injury attorney right away.