A slip and fall can happen when you least expect it. In a matter of seconds, you can suffer an injury that prevents you from working, and the hospital bills alone can lead to overwhelming debt. This is where an injury lawyer may be able to help.
If you were injured in a slip and fall in Texas, contact the Robson Law Firm. An Austin personal-injury attorney can gather evidence and help you navigate the claims process.
Call 512-345-8200 to schedule a consultation. You can also visit USAttorneys.com to learn more about injury claims in Texas.
Here are five steps you should take immediately after a slip and fall:
1. Photograph the Scene
Photographs can help your injury lawyer prove the cause of the slip and fall. If the hazard was the result of the property owner’s negligence, then he or she may be liable for your losses, as explained in the Texas Statutes.
Be sure to take photos from several angles. Also, take close-up shots of your injuries.
2. Gather Contact Details from Witnesses
Record the names, addresses and phone numbers of eyewitnesses. Your personal-injury attorney may use their testimonies to support your claim. You should also record the contact details of the property’s manager or owner.
3. Check for CCTV Cameras
Many commercial properties have closed-circuit TV cameras. If a camera captured your fall, then ask to see the footage, and request a copy. Try to record the playback on your cell phone in case the storeowner is reluctant to give you the footage.
4. Seek Medical Assistance
Even if you are not in pain, it is important to seek immediate medical attention after a slip and fall. According to WebMD, back and neck injuries are particularly common in falls, but the symptoms may take several hours or days to appear.
A physician can evaluate your injuries and create a treatment plan. Your injury lawyer may use the doctor’s record to demonstrate the extent of your injuries. However, if you delay, then the insurance company or defendant may argue that your injuries were not severe.
5. Contact a Personal-Injury Attorney
Contact a personal-injury attorney as soon as possible. Your lawyer can help you gather evidence, structure your claim and handle correspondence with insurance companies. The latter is particularly important because insurance adjusters often ask leading questions and try to get claimants to admit partial or complete fault. Your attorney can help you avoid this mistake.
Your lawyer can also negotiate for a fair settlement. This can help you avoid settling for an amount that will not pay for your ongoing medical expenses. Once you sign a general release, you can no longer pursue compensation for your injuries.
If you were injured in a slip and fall, contact an Austin personal-injury attorney from the Robson Law Firm. We have recovered more than $26 million for our clients. Call 512-345-8200 to schedule a consultation.