What should I do after I Slip and Fall?
As a personal injury lawyer in Florida, I often represent individuals who have been injured by a slipping and falling in a business. Often when this happens the person can sustain permanent and significant injuries to their back, neck and head. If your fall is a result of the negligent actions of the business owner you may be entitled to recover money to compensate you for your loss.
It is very important that if you or a family member have been injured after a slip and fall that you contact an attorney who handles these type of case as soon as possible. In the last few years the Florida Legislature has made it increasingly difficult to recover money from a slip and fall case. If you fall in a business and you believe you have significant injury, it is important to do several things in order to help your lawyer in the future.
Steps to Take When you Slip and Fall
First, write down the names and phone numbers of any employees or other witnesses who saw the incident. Second, take note of any cameras that may have captured your fall. Your attorney will want to obtain a copy of this videotape and preserve the video for a possible trial in the future. Also, you should take pictures with your cell phone, if possible, of the area where you slipped and fell. Your lawyer will need to know if you slipped and fell because the surface of the floor was uneven or if you fell because of a foreign substance on the surface on the floor, such as water or food. Additionally, you will want to preserve the shoes you were wearing at the time you fell inside the business. By taking these steps you will help your attorney in future litigation.
Talking with a Personal Injury Lawyer
Furthermore, please remember to speak with a lawyer who handles slip and fall cases before speaking to a representative from the insurance company. The insurance company will often call you immediately after the slip and fall accident and attempt to get you to make a recorded statement. I strongly recommend speaking to an attorney before you give any statement.
A business can often be liable for damages in a slip and fall case when they fail to maintain proper cleaning procedures or they fail to clean up items that they know or should know could cause potential injuries to the people who enter their business.
If you have questions about your slip and fall case and would like to speak with me you can call me at The Law Office of Jeremiah D. Allen, P. A at (407) 415-9626. My office is in Orlando, Florida and I handle cases across the State of Florida. You can also email me at Jeremiah@JeremiahDAllen.com.