Though a Virginia slip-and-fall accident can happen at any time and at any place, they are often the result of someone else’s negligence. In addition, a slip-and-fall accident can result in a serious injury and lead to a lifetime of pain and suffering. Whether the incident took place at a store, the mall, a parking lot or someone else’s home, you might be entitled to compensation.
In this article, our team of experience premises liability attorneys discuss what to do if you become the victim of a slip-and-fall accident.
Seven Tips Following a Slip-and-fall Accident
- Seek medical attention. Your health is your number-one concern. No matter how slight your injury appears, you should get the medical attention you need and have your injury documented by a healthcare professional as soon as possible. This will help you down the road when it is time to build your accident injury case.
- Report the incident. Your accident should be reported as quickly as possible to someone in charge. If your accident occurred in a store, talk to the manger. If it occurred in a business or apartment complex, notify the property manager and/or landlord.
- Limit your communication. Once you have notified the person in charge, you should limit your communication regarding the incident until you have spoken with your own Virginia premises liability attorney. Avoid arguing. Anything you say can be used against you.
- Take photos. You will want to serve as your own private investigator. Take numerous pictures of your injuries and of the exact location where your accident occurred. Photos can be used to help strengthen your personal injury case.
- Look for witnesses. Ask for the names, numbers, email addresses, and home addresses of anyone who may have witnessed your accident.
- Do not sign anything. You can expect to be contacted by the other party’s insurance company. They are likely to ask you for a recorded statement and/or may ask you to sign paperwork. Avoid doing so at all costs until you have spoken with your own attorney. The insurance company is not on your side and has their own best interest in mind. Their goal is to get you to admit to something that will damage your case, which will save them money.
- Contact an attorney. Premises liability can be highly complex. It is imperative that you have someone representing you and who has your best interest in mind. The last thing you want is to be taken advantage of by the other side’s team.
Our Team Can Help
At Tavss Fletcher, our team of accident injury attorneys have dealt with countless insurance companies and understand the tactics they will use against you. Our goal is to protect your compensation rights and secure the maximum compensation you are entitled to.
If you have been injured as a result of slipping, tripping, or falling, you should call a Virginia personal injury attorney at Tavss Fletcher at (757) 625-1214. We have the experience necessary to help you build a successful slip-and-fall accident case.