Falling leaves and wet weather can make slip, trip, and fall accidents more likely to occur during the months of October and November in South Carolina. These accidents can result in serious personal injuries that can leave you unable to work, while facing the need for ongoing medical care and treatment. What you do in the days and weeks following your injury can have a major impact on your ability to seek compensation through an insurance claim or personal injury lawsuit. Here are five things you need to know about slip and fall injury cases.
Slips and falls are the most common type of personal injury.
According to the National Safety Council (NSC), slip and fall accidents impact nearly 50,000 people each year. They commonly occur where condensation builds up at entrances and exits, on wet, slippery floors in grocery stores and restaurants, or on walkways due to improper lighting or uneven floor surfaces.
Slips and falls can cause serious injuries.
While victims often feel embarrassed or try to brush the accident off as minor, the NSC reports that slips and falls are the third leading cause of accidental death and disability in the U.S. Injuries often involve broken bones and head, back, or neck injuries. Even soft tissue injuries, such as muscle or tendon sprains and strains, can result in permanent impairments.
You should report a slip or fall as soon as it occurs
If you are in a public place when a slip or fall happens, notify the property manager, security, or local law enforcement right away. This helps to ensure a report is filed, detailing the time, date, and location of your accident, the circumstances under which it occurred, and any witnesses who may have been at the scene.
You should seek medical attention immediately
Even if you suspect your accident or injuries were minor, seek medical attention right away. The Mayo Clinic warns that slips and falls can result in a variety of potentially serious conditions, many of which have symptoms which take days, weeks, or even months to appear. To protect yourself, follow all of your doctor’s instructions, including work and activity restrictions, and attend all follow up visits as required.
Avoid talking about your accident and injuries or posting on social media
When filing an insurance claim in slip and fall injury cases, it is important to realize the insurance company will likely look for reasons to deny or downplay your claim. Insurance claims adjusters frequently look on the accident victim’s social media pages, hoping to find evidence to dispute the accident or the severity of your injuries.
Get Help Today
Accidents can threaten your health and ability to make a living. In slip and fall injury cases, you need aggressive legal representation from an experienced attorney to ensure you get the compensation you are entitled to. Reach out and call or contact the Surasky Law Firm, LLC online today and request a free consultation with our Aiken personal injury attorneys to see how we can help you recover.