What You Do After A Slip-And-Fall Accident Can Make A Big Difference
A slip-and-fall accident can leave you with serious injuries, stacks of medical bills, wage loss and other significant hardships. The steps you take after your accident can have a significant impact on your future. At Jones | Raczkowski | Thomas, we provide experienced legal representation to people who have been injured in slip-and-fall accidents in Phoenix and throughout Arizona.
While every situation is unique, here are a few commonsense steps an accident victim (or a close friend or family member) can take in the wake of a slip-and-fall injury:
- Report the accident: Make sure someone involved with the ownership or management of the premises knows the accident occurred. Ask them to create an incident report. The more documented evidence you have of your accident, the better.
- Take photos: A visual record of the accident site, including hazards that contributed to the accident, can prove very helpful in legal proceedings. Later on, the property owner may claim the hazard was not present at the time of the accident. Your photos will tell a different story. If possible, you may also want to take photos of the injuries.
- Talk to potential witnesses: If other people witnessed the accident, get their names and contact information.
What not to do:
It’s also important you don’t do anything that can hurt your chance at a successful financial recovery. First and foremost, remember this:
- Do not talk to the insurance company before talking to your own personal injury lawyer. Their interests are not aligned with yours. They may try to get you to say things that hurt your chances at a successful claim.
Talk To A Lawyer Who Has Your Best Interests In Mind
Perhaps the most important thing you can do after a slip-and-fall accident (aside from getting medical treatment,) is to talk with a plaintiff’s attorney who has experience handling this type of claim. Our lawyers are here to help you understand your legal options and fight for the compensation you need and deserve.