If you have been involved in a slip-and-fall accident where you have had medical treatment and perhaps missed work as a result, filing a personal injury claim is a good idea if you wish to be reimbursed for the expenses and lost wages you have incurred. Mistakes made when filing a claim can cause you to lose these monetary reimbursements. Here are some of the biggest mistakes people make when filing a slip-and-fall injury claim.
Failing To Keep Documents
When you become injured because of someone else's negligence, documentation will help prove what had happened at the time of your fall. Jot down information about what had happened as soon as possible after the injury occurs so you will be able to remember every detail about what had happened. Document the time, who was present, what the conditions were in the area you had fallen and what was done in an attempt to get you help.
Cell phones can be extremely helpful to prove what had happened during a fall. People who take photographs or video from the location of the fall may be able to prove their case should it go into a court situation.
Failing To Get Medical Help
In order to receive money from missed work time, proof from a medical facility will need to be shown when filing a claim. If you fail to get medical treatment immediately following the fall, it could be hurtful to your case. The judge may think that you didn't really have a bad injury if you didn't take the time to get medical documentation right after the incident had occurred.
When you get hurt due to a slip-and-fall situation, it is important to follow doctor's orders in treatment. Failing to follow orders would make you look as if you are not as hurt as you are trying to make people think.
Signing A Settlement
In slip-and-fall cases, the insurance company working for the business or person who had negligently caused your fall may try to give you a settlement price. Often people will sign this settlement without obtaining important information from a personal injury attorney, causing them to lose money they should have been able to collect.
Rather than sign on the dotted line right away, consult with a lawyer like one from Vaughan & Vaughan to find out if there are possibly any additional avenues to be explored in obtaining the maximum amount for your injury. Once you sign the settlement, negotiations are halted.