Picture this: You’re walking along, minding your own business when you unexpectedly slip and fall on a wet floor. All of a sudden, you have severe pain making its way throughout your body, and you’re left wondering what happened. You’re always pretty diligent and attentive for signage, but in this case, the area was not clearly marked as a hazard at all. You end up racking up quite a bit of medical bills from your injuries, the ambulance ride, and subsequent physical therapy it takes for you to get healthy again.
Unfortunately, this scenario is all too common. If you have sustained a slip and fall injury due to the negligence of the property owner, you may be entitled to compensation.
Here’s what you should do if you’ve been involved in a slip and fall accident:
Call a Lawyer
Step one in any slip and fall accident is to call a lawyer as soon as possible. Here at Rawlins Law, we’re well-versed on the ins and outs of personal injury law and can tell you with a high degree of certainty if you have a case or not. Why risk losing money on missed wages, medical bills, and fighting insurance companies if you don’t have to?
We’ll stand up for you when you need it most, and fight to get you every penny you deserve. Always speak to a lawyer before giving any statements or speaking with the owner of the property.
Immediately after your fall, imagine a timer is activated. The longer you wait to gather information and speak to a lawyer, the less potential you have of establishing a case. That’s why it’s so important to start the process as early as possible.
Begin by getting the names of the property owner or managers of the property. Then move on to writing down any witnesses who may have seen the accident unfold. This will strengthen your case immensely. Make sure you also take detailed photos of the scene and save the footwear and clothing you had on that day. All of this will work as evidence to help you make a strong showing.
In any slip and fall claim, the property owner must be proven to have been negligent when it comes to the safety of those on the premises. One of the telltale signs of premise liability is the absence of a reasonable warning that there is a hazard nearby.
This can be anything from the yellow signs you should see when floors are being cleaned, to other easily recognizable features that inform bystanders of a safety risk. Without any caution to suggest a hazard, no wonder you slipped and fell. When going through the information you gathered, see if you can spot any warnings that you may have missed that day.
Trust Your Legal Team
If you’ve made it to this point, the best you can do now is trust your legal team. You have already given them the tools they need to do their job, and it’s up to them to fight on your behalf. Avoid speaking to insurance companies or the liable party on your own. All of your statements should come through your lawyer, less you want to risk unknowingly accepting blame for the accident.
During this time, focus on your recovery and let our team at Rawlins Law do the heavy lifting. We promise to provide exceptional client service every step of the way. Giving you the peace of mind that your claim is in good hands
If you have had a recent slip and fall injury, please do not hesitate to reach out to a personal injury lawyer. We are here to help every way we can. Firm founder Ashley Rawlins of Rawlins Law in San Diego provides honest, ethical, and compassionate representation, and she will give you clear information on where your case stands and what she needs from you to win it! The sooner you call, the better. To schedule a free consultation, please call the Rawlins Firm at 858-257-8778.