Slipping and falling can happen for just about any reason, from an untied shoelace to a hazardous condition. Because of this, and because these accidents can be relatively common, people tend to make some misguided decisions after a slip-and-fall accident.
However, if you have recently suffered injuries after slipping, tripping or falling, you should know some mistakes people make that have costly consequences so you can avoid them.
Don’t downplay your injuries
After a fall, people can be embarrassed. They might assume they will just “walk it off” because it was just a minor fall. Thus, people might minimize their injuries.
However, injuries from these accidents can be severe, and they are nothing to be embarrassed about. In some cases, slip-and-falls result in brain injuries, broken bones and significant back or neck pain that never goes away.
In other words, after falling, victims would be wise to take every painful symptom seriously and visit the doctor.
Don’t underestimate the importance of evidence
It may seem obvious to you why you slipped and fell. There may have been a puddle in the grocery store aisle or a broken handrail in the stairwell of an apartment building that caused your accident.
However, failing to document these details can make it easy for a negligent property owner to cover up dangerous conditions later. Thus, it can be crucial to take pictures and talk to witnesses. Even if you cannot do this at the time of your accident, you can work with an attorney to investigate the incident and secure evidence.
Don’t rely on the wrong people
After an accident, you will likely talk to property owners and insurance companies. They often have more information than you have, and they may offer you money in an effort to put the incident behind you.
However, you cannot expect these parties to put your best interests above their bottom line. They might try to blame you for an accident or misguide you in terms of the monetary compensation for which you may be eligible. Because of this, it can be wise to seek legal guidance from your own attorney.
Slip-and-fall accidents can result in serious, painful injuries for which you may collect financial damages. Avoiding these mistakes can make it easier for you to protect yourself.