Slip and falls are far too common and can result in serious injury. Although we may believe that it won’t happen to us, a slip and fall accident can happen to anyone. That’s why it’s very important to know what should – and shouldn’t – be done afterward. Here are four important things to remember about slip and fall accidents.
1. Seek medical attention
One of the most important steps to take after an accident is to seek medical attention – even if you feel okay in the moment. Slip and fall cases often require detailed documentation regarding the damage you’ve suffered and the related expenses. Having a paper trail can prove very helpful. In addition to medical attention, you should also maintain any records, costs, and pains with which you’ve dealt.
2. Refrain from talking about your accident
When you’ve been in an accident and suffered an injury it’s very likely for you to be disturbed and shaken by what has transpired. That’s why you may feel the urge to talk to others about what happened. And while you may believe that the person you tell won’t say anything damaging to your case in court, he or she lacks that decision to make when compelled by a subpoena. For your best interest – and that of your loved ones – refrain from sharing any details about the accident to anyone but your attorney – until your case has been settled.
3. Do not sign anything
Often times when injured in a slip and fall, our first instinct is that this was our fault. Many people tend to apologize for an accident even when they weren’t the one at fault. It’s important to understand that even something as small as a head nod to something someone says at the scene of the accident can be used against you later on. Additionally, an insurance company may contact you, offering a settlement. All you have to do is sign on the dotted line. With so many ongoing related expenses it may be tempting. However, the insurance company may be offering you much less than what you actually deserve. Always speak with an attorney first.
4. Consult with an attorney
If there were one common theme, it would be that no matter what it’s in your best interest to speak with a knowledgeable and experienced personal injury attorney who can help to explain the law and walk you through each step of the process. You may think that you could do just fine on your own, but even for cases that seem like an inevitable success, it can come down to very specific and technical questions and answers.
MPJ Law Firm Can Help Those in NM Who Have Been Injured in a Slip and Fall Accident
If you or a loved one has been injured in a slip and fall accident, it can greatly impact your life. It can be difficult enough dealing with your injuries, but it can be even harder when you are left to pick up the pieces financially. You should never have to pay the price for someone else’s mistakes.
At MPJ Law Firm, we have a deep understanding of slip and fall accidents and understand the affects that such accidents often have on just about all aspects of your life. We will always act in your best interest. To learn more or to schedule a free consultation, contact us today!
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