Accidents are an unfortunate part of life, and slip-and-fall incidents can be particularly distressing due to the severity of injuries that could result. We often see broken bones, herniated disks, spinal cord injuries, soft tissue injuries such as torn ligaments and sprains, and even head injuries as a result of slip and fall accidents.
If you or a loved one has experienced such an incident, questions about your rights and the possibility of compensation may arise. Understanding how the law works regarding slip and fall claims is important, which is why we are sharing legal insights into slip and fall compensation claims. For a more in-depth exploration, refer to our article, “Your Guide to Slip and Fall Compensation: Insights From a Personal Injury Attorney,” on our website. Should you wish to consult with one of our attorneys, please get in touch with Virguez Law at 678-300-0000.
The Basics of Slip and Fall Claims
A slip and fall claim typically arises when injuries result from hazardous conditions on another person’s property. Property owners are obligated to maintain a safe environment for visitors, and if they neglect this duty and you suffer an injury as a result, you may be entitled to compensation. The most important thing you can do to ensure your case is handled correctly and you receive the compensation you’re entitled to is to contact a personal injury attorney. Your attorney will act on your behalf in every area, from speaking to insurance companies to gathering all necessary documentation for a strong case.
As attorneys, we sometimes see clients’ make mistakes that may jeopardize their case. As part of our legal insight on slip and fall compensation claims, we are sharing five common mistakes that people make after a slip and fall accident.
5 Mistakes to Avoid When Filing a Slip and Fall Lawsuit
Failure to Report the Accident:
One common mistake is not immediately reporting the slip and fall accident to the property owner or manager. It’s important to report the incident promptly to allow the property owner to address potential hazards right away and minimize the risk of future accidents. Secure a personal copy of the incident report for your attorney.
Exaggerating the Claim:
Lying about the severity of injuries or the extent of losses to the insurance company can damage your credibility and, at worst, lead to insurance fraud charges.
Delay in Filing a Lawsuit:
- Many states, including Georgia, have a statute of limitations for slip and fall lawsuits. In Georgia, you have two years from the day of the accident to file a lawsuit. Contacting a personal injury attorney promptly strengthens the credibility of your case.
Communicating with Your Insurance Company:
- Avoid direct communication with the property owner’s insurance company. Let your attorney handle all conversations to comprehensively assess medical expenses, lost wages, and other damages for fair compensation.
Failure to Document the Scene:
- Capture the scene by taking photos as soon as possible. Gather evidence you can share with your attorney, such as any witness. Detailed information, documentation, and potential witnesses significantly benefit your case.
Various situations can lead to slip and fall accidents, from uneven surfaces to slippery floors. Keep this information handy in case you or someone you know faces an unfortunate situation. While we hope you never need it, being prepared is always wise. To delve deeper into personal injury cases or speak with an attorney, contact our law offices at 678-300-0000. Your rights matter; we’re here to help you navigate them.