What You Can Do After a Slip and Fall Injury
In films, slip and falls on banana peels are staples of comedy. In real life, slip and fall accidents are actually a major cause of serious injuries. Whether your fall occurs at a shopping mall, hospital, or on a public walkway, your injury can result in months of intense pain and expensive medical treatment.
Selected steps to help your case include:
- Get immediate and ongoing medical assistance. You may not understand the full magnitude of your injury or pain until much later — and opt to smile through the pain. However, delaying your medical treatment can hurt your case as much as settling it before you fully comprehend your injury. By failing to obtain immediate or ongoing treatment, you could enable the insurer to claim that some subsequent incident caused your injury.
- Make reports at the scene. To show that the owner knew, or should have known, about a hazardous condition — like a pool of liquid in a supermarket aisle — have the manager create a contemporary report. Potential defendants are often unwilling to support your case — at times, they may even tamper with evidence. However, in the moments following your injury, they may inadvertently admit facts supportive of your case. This record — along with emergency medical personnel and police reports — should include witness accounts and details of the site.
- Gather evidence. It is essential to identify the injury-causing condition. For example, was it a hole or crack in the surface? Was the hazard temporary or ongoing? To find the owner at fault for your injury, it is crucial to show that the owner had prior knowledge of the condition, but failed to remedy it. Time- and date-stamped photos of your injuries can be helpful here. Whether a retail store or construction site, accident scenes can change because the owner may remove or displace evidence. In this regard, also preserve your clothing and the item you slipped on — the way it existed when you got hurt.
- Hire a skilled law firm. Give all the information you gathered to a firm with the skills and resources to make good use of it, and to obtain more evidence, such as a landlord’s prior notice of the dangerous condition. A good firm can choose the right expert for your case — such as an accident reconstruction expert. A knowledgeable firm can identify all potential defendants — like owners, employers, manufacturers and service providers. A plaintiff’s firm that has substantial prior experience defending owners in slip and falls cases can bring an additional dimension of expertise.
Selecting experienced Oklahoma slip and fall lawyers may be crucial to your case. At The Barkett Law Firm, we’ll fight to get the compensation you deserve. Contact our Tulsa Firm for a free consultation today.