Slip and fall accidents make up over one million ER visits in Florida annually. While incidents like this may not seem like a big deal initially, they can cause serious and life-changing injuries. For example, some people experience broken bones, spinal cord injuries, and even TBIs (traumatic brain injuries). Depending on where the fall occurs, the injuries may be fatal.
If you are injured in a Florida slip and fall accident, do you know what to do? Do you know who is liable? If you have questions or need help, contact our legal team at Zimmet & Zimmet. We have represented slip and fall accident victims for years and can help you navigate the complex legal process.
You can also learn more about these accidents and your legal rights here. We are always available to answer any other questions you may have.
Slip and Fall Lawyer | Understanding What to Do Next
Get Medical Attention Immediately
After a slip and fall accident, you must seek immediate medical attention. Even if you do not feel like you were injured, it is best to be evaluated by a doctor. There are a few reasons to do this.
First, a doctor can find hidden injuries that may not show symptoms. They will also provide official records that tie your injuries to the accident and show how severe they are.
All this information is helpful if you file a claim for compensation.
Report the Accident to the Property Owner or Manager
You must find out who is responsible for the property where you fell. It may be a manager or the owner. Let them know about the incident.
They should provide you with a document to report what happened. If this is not provided to you, ask for it. Make sure to request a copy of the report.
If there are no procedures in place where you slipped and fell to handle these situations, write down as much information about the incident as you can. Information to record includes a description of what caused the accident, the address where it occurred, the time it occurred, and any other factors you may think are important.
If the business’s security staff or the police come to the scene, ask for a copy of the report they create.
Get Information from Witnesses
Ask them for their name and contact information if someone else saw your accident. If your case goes to trial, testimony from someone who saw what happened may be beneficial.
Take Pictures or Video of the Scene
Take photos of anything that can show how or why the accident occurred. Taking pictures of a property hazard can provide helpful information when you file a claim. You should also take pictures of what caused you to slip and fall.
If you have injuries you can see, photograph them immediately. Bruises and cuts often heal quickly.
Avoid Publicizing Your Slip and Fall Accident Case
Avoid discussing the legal action you take after a slip and fall accident. Do not post about it on social media or say something that downplays your injuries. Never accept fault in any way, and do not make negative statements or cast blame.
Any discussion you have about your accident and case should only be with your attorney or doctor.
Avoid Speaking to Representatives from the Insurance Company
An insurance adjuster may contact you after a slip and fall accident. They are tasked with gathering information to reduce or deny your claim. Remember, insurance companies want to protect their bottom line – this means finding ways to avoid paying.
Never accept the blame for the accident. Be extremely careful about what you say to insurance representatives. If you have hired a lawyer, be sure to have them answer questions from the insurance company.
Only sign something from the insurance company once your lawyer reviews it. They will let you know when and if you should sign.
Talk to an Experienced Florida Personal Injury Lawyer
After a slip and fall accident and injury, you may wonder what rights you have. There is no question that determining liability in these cases can be challenging. While this is true, our legal team at Zimmet & Zimmet can help you navigate the complex legal process. Call our office today to schedule a free consultation.