Sustaining a serious injury from slipping and falling may sound silly, but it’s no joking matter. Many who are victims of slip and fall accidents in Brunswick find themselves dealing with painful consequences like head injuries, broken bones or fractures, damaged joints, and more. And those injuries often involve steep medical costs—all for an incident that was no fault of their own. Plus, slip and fall victims often have to take time off work to recover from their injuries, meaning there’s less money in the bank to pay for the medical bills, doctor visits, medications, etc.
If you were a victim of a slip and fall accident, you are entitled to FULL financial recovery for your costs. Speak with a Brunswick slip and fall lawyer today to start working on a fair claim.
At John Foy & Associates, our history of working with slip and fall victims spans more than 20 years. We know how to strong arm insurance companies and prevent them from trying to pay out less than you truly deserve to recover and move on. As one of the biggest and most respected law firms in the state of Georgia, we know how to handle personal injury claims like slips and falls. Let us give you a FREE consultation with one of our attorneys to go over your case and your needs. Contact us today to get started. Call 404-400-4000, or fill out the online form to your right for the free consultation.
What Should I Do if I Fall and Get Injured?
After slipping and falling, you might feel hurt and confused—and many victims immediately start blaming themselves. But don’t let yourself or anyone else try to tell you the slip and fall accident was your fault. More often than not, you have a case.
Chances are, your fall happened because some unsafe condition was in place like a hazard or obstacle. A person or business in charge of making the situation safe is legally responsible if you fall on their property. Therefore, there are some things you can do after a slip and fall to help demonstrate the problem that led to your accident.
Get immediate medical attention, if necessary.
If your slip and fall injuries are bad enough to require immediate medical treatment, please don’t hesitate to call 911 and get help. Your well-being comes first. That being said, if you are able to stay at the scene, spend time gathering information about the accident.
Take pictures and videos.
Use your phone to take pictures of the slip and fall scene, including the hazard or obstacle that led to your fall. For example; the hazard could be a wet floor at a grocery store where the manager failed to leave out a sign or some crooked stairs in a building without any warning signs.
Take plenty of pictures, even video if you feel it will help. After a slip and fall, it’s easy for a property owner to quickly clear away a hazard, so photo evidence will show it was actually present when you fell.
Also, take pictures of your injuries—right after the fall and in the hours and days afterward, especially if your injuries worsen with time.
If your accident happened at a place of business, tell the manager or owner about it. Ask for the person in charge and mention that you were injured. If that person isn’t present on the property at the time, get their name and contact information, and leave your own information so they can get in touch with you.
Talk to witnesses.
If you fell in a public place, it’s likely other people saw what happened. Even if they didn’t see the actual fall, they could have noticed the hazard that caused it. Ask them what they saw and gather their contact information. Their testimony can be powerful for proving the accident in your case.
See a doctor.
If you didn’t seek medical attention right away, definitely see a doctor as soon as possible after the above steps. The doctor can give you a full checkup and diagnosis. This will create a record of your injuries and also allow you to start treatment right away. And if your injuries worsen with time (which is common for slip and fall injuries), let your doctor know and see them for any additional problems.
Insurance companies often try to claim slip and fall victims are exaggerating their injuries, so going to the doctor will demonstrate that your injury was serious from the beginning.
What if I Was Drunk When I Fell—Do I Still Have a Claim?
Slip and fall accidents that happen while intoxicated are common at places like clubs or concerts. The fact that you were drunk could affect how much you can recover in your claim, depending on the specifics of the situation. However, if the property had an obstacle or hazard that they didn’t take care of, and you fell because of it, they are responsible and you could still have a valid claim against them.
It’s best to consult a slip and fall lawyer in this situation. They can look at all the facts and determine your best course of action.
Will I Have to Sue Anyone?
Most of the time with slip and fall claims, things can be resolved without ever having to step foot in a courtroom. Having a good lawyer will especially help you come to a fair settlement. If the insurance company for some reason won’t budge in your negotiations, it is always possible to sue for a slip and fall. However, it’s not common in most situations.
Talk to a Brunswick Slip and Fall Lawyer for Free
Don’t delay seeking financial recovery for your slip and fall accident costs. At John Foy & Associates, we’re here to help. With more than two decades of experience working slip and fall cases, we’re always on the side of the victims—and we don’t back down from insurance company pushback. To find out how we can start working on the best possible financial recovery for your case, call us today for a FREE consultation. Just call 404-400-4000, or fill out the form to your right to get started.