If you’ve ever slipped and fallen, you know how much it can hurt, even if you don’t break anything. It happens to all of us at some point but if it happened outside your of home and you sustained injuries, you might be entitled to compensation. If you slip and fall, here are 9 critical steps you should take to protect your rights:
- If you are seriously injured and in need of immediate medical attention, that is always a priority. In this case, go to an emergency room or call an ambulance. If possible, task someone else at the scene with the first few next steps.
- If on on-site manager is available, report the incident to them personally and fill out an incident report if possible.
- Gather contact information from anyone who saw you slip and fall and also anyone who was a witness to the conditions that caused you to slip and fall.
- If you are not in immediate medical danger, take pictures of the scene or have someone else take pictures while you seek medical attention. Make sure you can see the conditions that caused your slip and fall, as well as the surrounding environments.
- Go to the emergency room or call an ambulance if necessary. Even if you aren’t sure whether or not you are seriously injured, please take this step. First of all, you may have injuries you aren’t aware of, like a fracture to a concussion. Secondly, it may be important to have a medical record created by a medical professional should you need to seek compensation for your injuries. Finally, a medical professional will make sure you get the treatment you need.
- Call a lawyer who works with personal injury cases. Attorney Elizabeth Ryan has a substantial track record documenting her successful recovery of settlements and jury awards for victims of slip-and-falls due to unsafe conditions. As soon as you are medically capable, or if someone else can call on your behalf, contact Elizabeth Ryan at 312-957-8280. Ryan will be able to give you complete directions to handle your case from this point onward.
- Take pictures of your injuries. Bruises, abrasions, lacerations, and even casts on broken bones can be used to document your injuries.
- Return to the site of the slip and fall to take pictures if you were not able to at the time of the accident.
- Do NOT speak to anyone from any insurance companies. Do NOT sign any documents presented to you by any insurance company or by the business where the accident happened. You may sign away your rights, even if your read the document. Your attorney will handle communications with insurance companies and the business where the accident occurred, or will give you specific directions about how to handle these interactions.
Personal injury cases can be complex and you need an attorney by your side who has substantial experience in advocating for people in your position. Slip and fall cases can be come of the most complex personal injury lawsuits there are. Don’t attempt to handle these cases on your own and don’t diminish your right to compensation.
Compensation for Slip and Fall Cases
Depending on the particular causes of your case, you may be able to receive compensation for a variety of injuries due to slip and fall. These items may include:
- Medical bills, both today and in the future.
Let’s say you slipped a broke your hip. You’ll obviously have medical expenses right now, but down the road you may need surgery, therapy, and support, all related to this original accident. We will consider all these factors in your slip and fall case.
- Lost wages
If you broke your wrist, for example, during a slip and fall accident, and that made it impossible for you to perform your job, you made have had to take unpaid time off from work. This will be an important consideration of how we determine what compensation you are entitled to.
- Loss of earning capacity
Loss of earning capacity due to a slip and fall is similar to lost wages, but lost wages considers what you are currently losing due to immediate injury. Loss of earning capacity considers what the longterm affects to your earning capacity are.
- Pain and suffering
Pain and suffering can be an amorphous category of compensation in any case. However, Attorney Elizabeth Ryan works hard to make sure that you are fairly compensated when you have been subjected to pain and suffering owing to a slip and fall.
- Incidental expenses
Incidental expenses cover other things you had to spend money on because of your slip and fall injury. For instance, maybe you had to spend extra money to take a taxi to the doctor a few times a week for a month after your fall. We include these expenses in “incidental expenses.”
If you or someone you love suffers a slip and fall, please call our offices as soon as possible at 312-380-1089. We will evaluate your case and help get you on the right path to healing.