3 Steps to Take After a Serious Fall
Victims of slip-and-fall accidents may suffer a great deal. These falls can be painful, embarrassing and can even put people out of work—sometimes permanently.
Many injuries involve a network of people: witnesses, property owners, store employees, and even insurance companies. With all of the commotion, it’s not always easy to know what the next step is—especially if the focus is on recovering.
Even in the most extreme slip-and-fall accidents, however, not all hope is lost. Understanding what to do next is crucial for obtaining the compensation necessary to pay for medical bills and lost wages.
Fighting for slip-and-fall victims in and around the Atlanta area, the team of personal injury experts at Monge & Associates is ready to provide you with focused and attentive legal services. Scott Monge’s two decades of legal experience has culminated into one of the most dedicated law firms in the state. Contact us today at to learn how Monge & Associates can help you, because you want to win.
1. Contact a Lawyer
As Lawfirms.com reports, it is the job of a lawyer to determine if there is any negligence on behalf of the property owner and, ultimately, whether or not there’s a case. After addressing any and all medical issues, the most critical step for slip-and-fall victims is to contact a lawyer.
For any type of personal injury case, it’s always better to act sooner rather than later. And while other interested parties might wish to consult with the victim about the accident, consulting with an attorney first is important as certain conversations may actually jeopardize the outcome of a case.
Insurance companies, in particular, try to look for what is known as the “open and obvious doctrine,” and will try to demonstrate that the accident could have been entirely avoidable if the victim had been paying more attention.
2. Piece Together All Relevant Facts
No two accidents are identical. This is why it’s so important for any slip-and-fall victim to have a clear record of what occurred the day of the incident. Witnesses often help greatly in this matter, and their contact information should be shared with the lawyer, as their testimony may play a vital role in the outcome of the case.
Even aspects that may seem irrelevant or benign may be important to the case, such as:
- The reason why the victim was on the property
- How often he or she visits the property
- Where the accident occurred
- Whether or not the property owner set up reasonable warnings about the hazard
Be sure to write a record of conversations that occurred with the property owner, employees or witnesses. All of these facts may contribute to your case.
3. Gather All Medical Information
Before loss of work, pain and suffering come into play, medical expenses are the first factors that influence a settlement amount. The amount of time spent in the hospital, the exact description of what procedures had to be performed and how much it all cost are vital data in slip-and-fall cases.
Certain injuries can be life changing, but that doesn’t mean you have to suffer any more than you already have. If you’ve recently been the victim of a slip-and-fall, Scott Monge and the expert legal professionals at Monge & Associates can help.
We can provide an attentive and detailed approach to constructing a claim, so you can focus on what’s most important: getting better. Whether you work with Scott Monge himself or any of the other fully qualified and capable lawyers at the firm, you can be assured that your interests are our top priority.