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What to Do After a Slip and Fall Accident

On Behalf of | Mar 3, 2016 | Personal Injury, Slip & Fall |

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Following any kind of accident, both victims and family members are often confused about what to do next. Slip and fall accidents often occur in public places surrounded by other customers and store employees which further adds to the confusion. Immediately after an accident, the primary concern is getting prompt and proper medical treatment. After the proverbial dust settles, there are often many questions about what type of compensation, if any, you may be entitled to for your medical bills, lost wages and pain and suffering. An experienced personal injury attorney provides the legal resources and advice you need to understand your options and make the best decisions in your case.

Slip and fall accidents happen in all types of places including:

  • Walkways
  • Stairwells
  • Retail stores
  • Commercial businesses
  • Residential dwellings

Most slip and fall lawsuits proceed under the theory of premises liability. Property owners owe a duty of care to protect visitors from harm. This duty of care varies depending on the nature of the relationship between the owner and visitor. Regardless, it is important to report your accident to the appropriate authority as soon as it occurs. This could be the property owner, manager or landlord. It is also important to document important details surrounding your accident, such as the date and time as well as the conditions contributing to the fall. Pictures are particularly helpful in proving the status of the surroundings at the time of the accident.

It is important to seek legal assistance as soon as possible as most personal injury claims must be filed within two years from the date the accident occurred or the date you became aware of the injury. The property owner’s insurance company or even your own insurance company may try to settle your claims quickly without investigating your complaint. You should not make any agreements or sign any releases without first consulting an attorney to fully understand and protect your rights. A full investigation includes interviewing witnesses and gathering evidence to support your claims.

Slip and fall accidents often lead to serious and potentially long-term consequences that may require significant medical treatment and permanently restrict your future abilities both professionally and personally. For top-notch legal assistance and the best chance at a favorable outcome, call the New Jersey injury attorneys at Lomurro Law by email or phone at 732-482-9285 for a free consultation.