A slip-and-fall accident can be devastating. From emotional distress to broken bones, injuries resulting from slip-and-fall accidents can turn your life upside down. In the worst-case scenario, a slip-and-fall accident can result in death or a life-long disability.
If you are hurt in a slip-and-fall accident that is attributable to another person’s or entity’s negligence or unlawful actions, you need to pursue the responsible party for compensation for your damages. However, in doing so, it is important that you avoid mistakes that can hurt your case.
Here are two mistakes you need to steer clear of while filing a personal injury lawsuit that has been occasioned by a slip-and-fall accident.
Failing to seek treatment
Most slip-and-fall injuries, especially those that involve soft tissues, may not be noticeable at first because they are not outwardly visible. As such, it is common for slip-and-fall victims to assume that they do not need to seek medical examination. This is a huge mistake for two reasons. First, injuries that go untreated may develop into serious complications down the road. Second, the defendant may argue that the injuries for which you are filing a claim have nothing to do with your slip and fall; otherwise, you would have sought treatment as soon as the accident happened.
Talking to the insurance company
It is important to understand that insurance carriers represent the property owner’s interests. As such, they will do everything in their power to ensure that your claim is reduced or dismissed altogether. And this may include blaming you for the accident that resulted in your injury or giving offers that are far below what you are entitled to. Talking to the insurance company in the absence of your legal representative can greatly hurt your personal injury case.
If you are hurt in a slip-and-fall accident due to someone else’s negligence, it is important that you file a personal injury lawsuit against the negligent party. While pursuing justice, be sure to avoid mistakes that can hurt your case.