Accidents in which people slip and fall and consequently sustain injuries occur much too frequently in the United States. Research compiled by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows that more than one million Americans endue injuries caused by unexpected trips or slips every year. This same research also shows that 17,000 people die annually as a result of these types of accidents. Victims who are fortunate enough to survive are often forced to deal with significant physical pain, as well as emotional trauma in the months or even years following their slip and fall accident.
Unfortunately, there are a lot of mistakes that can have a disastrous impact on the outcome of a slip and fall injury lawsuit, making it harder for injured victims to obtain the financial compensation to which they are entitled. Listed below is what you should do following a slip and fall injury and the mistakes you should avoid.
As anxious as you may be to leave an establishment after your slip and fall accident, a hasty departure from the scene can substantially jeopardize your case. Speak with the property manager or supervisor. This interaction should be brief and polite. The primary goal is to gain another source of documentation, which can be called upon later to prove that management was aware of the fall and its purported cause.
Failing to Provide Sufficient Documentation of the Fall
Proving that slip and fall incidents occurred can be surprisingly difficult, even if your injuries clearly match up to the stated circumstances of the accident. Evidence is key not only for verifying that you suffered a fall, but also to demonstrate the role of negligence. This can take many forms, including:
- Medical Records
- Footage of the Accident
- Incident Reports
Failing to Gather Contact Information from Witnesses
If anyone saw your fall they will be able to give reliable testimony including detailed information of the events surrounding your slip and fall accident. Contact information like names, email addresses, and phone numbers are crucial in allowing your attorney to get in touch with these witnesses when needed. Without this information, it might be nearly impossible to find these eyewitnesses or even remember what their names were.
When it comes right down to it, in any legal matter that you come across in which you would like to receive a favorable outcome, your odds will be greatly improved by retaining the services of a reliable Connecticut personal injury attorney.
From navigating a deluge of time-sensitive paperwork to understanding legal jargon and looking for loopholes, there is no way to compare the effectiveness of an individual who is completely untrained in these areas to the effectiveness of a top-rated attorney.
If you have been injured due to another person’s carelessness, negligence, or maliciousness, you need to contact a personal injury attorney as soon as you can. At Moynahan Law Firm, our attorneys are prepared to respond aggressively to your claim and to see to it that you get the full amount that you deserve for your damages.
If you would like to discuss your personal injury case with one of our experienced attorneys, then please reach out to us at (203) 597-6364 today.