Slip & Fall
Slip and fall accidents may result in very serious injuries leading to sky-high medical bills, lost wages, and/or pain and suffering. Did you know that fall-related accidents account for over 8 million hospital and emergency room visits each year?
Many of us have felt the embarrassment of the “slip and fall” at some point in our lives, some of us have had more than our fair share. However, do you have a plan if your slip and fall leaves you with more than embarrassment and resulted in actual damages?
What To Do When You Suffer a Slip & Fall
The following checklist will able you to better pursue legal remedies for your injury. Even if your slip & fall did not occur in a questionable location, such as a store, you may still have the ability to file a legal claim against the landowner or possessor of the premises. The order in which each task should occur should be determined by the gravity of your injuries.
- Notify the store manager, or homeowner, or the person that is in charge of the premises of the slip and fall. It is important to let them know that you fell and to ask that they document the accident. Make sure to obtain a copy of anything they create to document the accident.
- If necessary, call the police and request that the police draft a proper police report. Make sure to get a copy of the police report.
- Take pictures! This includes taking pictures of the exact location of the accident, any contributing conditions (liquids present, dangerous weather, etc.), your clothes, your shoes, and your injuries.
- Get the names, telephone numbers, and physical addresses of all witnesses. Follow up with the witnesses at a later point and ask them if they would be willing to make a statement, be deposed, or testify if necessary.
- Preserve all items of clothing and shoes that you were wearing at the time of the accident.
- Write down everything that you remembered from the accident shortly afterward. Sign and date the document.
- Get medical attention! It is important to not delay this step as a significant delay between the time of the accident and the time of seeking medical attention may lead to your injuries being wrongly attributed to other, intervening, factors and/or to a wrongful determination that the injuries are not as grave as you claim.
- Do not sign any documents or speak to any insurance agents without seeking the advice of competent counsel.
Following this checklist will able you to better pursue legal remedies for your injury. Even if your slip & fall did not occur in a questionable location, such as a store, you may still have the ability to file a legal claim against the landowner or possessor of the premises. The order in which each task should occur should be determined by the gravity of your injuries.
Head & Brain Injuries
Trauma to the head can have serious long term side effects. This topic has recently gotten media attention due to the high incidence rate of concussions in the National Football League. Sports injuries contribute to a large number of head trauma cases. Other accidents that frequently lead to head injuries include automobile accidents, slip & fall accidents and work-related injuries.
Someone who has experienced a head injury may experience a change in memory as well as their ability to think and concentrate. This is why it is so important to seek help right away to get the proper care. The most common side effects of a head or brain injury include:
- Blurred vision
- Change in personality
- Loss of balance
- Change in sleep patterns
- Loss of sense of taste and smell
Although we cannot change the fact that you had an injury, we can help you and your family receive fair compensation and give you the best chance at a full recovery. Our head and brain injury attorneys at Martin, Harding & Mazzotti, LLP are dedicated to helping you. Call our Troy, NY office at 518-273-1010 for a case consultation free of charge. You can also reach us 24/7 by calling our toll free number, 1800LAW1010 (1-800-529-1010), or by emailing us.