Slip and Falls are a common occurrence. In most slip and falls, there are minor injuries, but in some cases, the injuries can be serious and permanent.
If someone’s negligence hurt you as a result of slipping or tripping on a hazard that you believe should not have existed, you may be able to pursue compensation. Money will not restore your health, but it could help pay medical bills, economic losses and provide some financial help for your pain and suffering.
You should avoid these 5 common mistakes after a slip and fall:
You should not delay medical care after slipping and falling because all slip and fall victim are required to take steps to diminish damages. If you don’t immediately follow-up for medical care, you are creating two problems 1. You are not mitigating your damages and 2. You are not documenting your injuries. You don’t want to be blamed for causing your own injury by delaying medical treatment.
Under Michigan’s comparative fault law, you could be found partially at fault for your own losses, if you delay or refuse follow-up medical treatment after a slip and fall accident.
If you are a personal injury claimant, you must be able to prove your injuries and economic losses in your claim for compensation. Thus, saving receipts, pay stubs, disability slips, photographs, and documents related to your damages is critical to a successful claim.
If you hire help for chores around the house, or someone to assist with your personal care, you must save all cancelled checks, receipts for services, and bills. In Michigan, there is no limitation to accident-related expenses that can be claim, as long as you have sufficient proof for the damages you are claiming.
As soon as possible, you should keep a personal injury journal or note about your pain and suffering, change in your lifestyle, mental anguish and the affect your injuries are having on your activities of daily living.
Usually, the property insurance company’s adjuster will call you to obtain a tape-recorded statement, after the claim has been made by the property or business owner. This liability insurance adjuster is trained to question you in a way that protects their insureds interest. You can easily make a mistake answering questions, so don’t allow a recorded statement. You should immediately inform your lawyer about the adjuster’s intentions and refer the adjuster to your lawyer.
If you answer questions you don’t understand or make a mistake, the insurance company will use you answers to discredit you.
Insurance adjusters are very familiar with the fact that most people have a social media account, so they are notorious for combing through social media to learn about you and what you have poster. In some case, the insurance company will hire an investigation company to search social media. Unfortunately, we know that people post just about everything about their life on Facebook, TikTok, Snapchat, or Twitter. Don’t make any posts or share any information that can be misconstrued. You should wait to settle your claim before posting on social media. You should completely stop posting to avoid making common mistakes that can be used against you in the claim.
In serious injury cases, the expenses can add up quickly, so sometimes people are easily persuaded to take a fast settlement. In most cases, you should wait to find out the nature and extent of your injuries, because you don’t want to settle a claim prematurely since you will not be able to come back and ask for more after your settlement.
At The Joseph Dedvukaj Firm we have what it takes to hold negligent property owners and occupiers responsible for their negligence in causing or contributing to a slip and fall or trip and fall accident. If you want to file a premises liability lawsuit, we’ll help you collect the evidence needed to pursue the maximum compensation possible.
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