Slips and falls are some of the most common accidents in Montana. Even the most careful of us will take a wrong step on ice and end up staring at the sky.
Although most slips and falls are fairly minor, some can lead to serious pain, as well as medical bills that can pile up quickly. In that case, you may consider filing a personal injury claim.
What To Do After A Slip Or Fall
The period after a slip or fall can be confusing. Many people don’t know where to begin if they want to file a personal injury claim to win damages for their injuries. Here, we’ll walk you through what you should do after a slip or fall. You may be able to get compensation for your injuries, depending on where the slip or fall occurred.
Seek Medical Attention
The most important step after a slip or fall is to seek medical attention right away to address your injuries. Make sure that every medical appointment is documented, and get copies of every bill. The amount you seek with your personal injury claim will be based on these totals, so make sure they are accurate. If you forget to include one, you may receive your settlement only to realize you aren’t being reimbursed for all of your medical expenses.
Your doctors may also be able to refer you to additional specialists to help your recovery go more smoothly. Always take note of who referred you to a specialist. Although these specialists may be an added expense, they can help ensure that you recover fully.
Get A Report Of The Accident
No matter where the slip or fall happens, you’ll want to make sure you get a full written report. If it happens on private property, try to find the owner and have them write down what happened. If you cannot find them, or they refuse to cooperate, you can write the report yourself.
If the accident happens in a public place, you may want to try to seek out a police officer, if there is one nearby. If no public official can be found, then you should write a report, with as much detail as possible. Try to be specific, as the details will impact your claim.
You’ll also want to gather as much evidence as possible at the time of the accident. Take pictures of the scene, making sure that they are clear and that the cause of the slip or fall is visible. If there were people around at the time of the accident, try to get their names and contact information. And make sure you make note of and store the clothing and shoes you were wearing at the time of the accident.
It’s much better to have too much detail than too little. The smallest bit of evidence could serve to bolster your claim and win you more money in your settlement.
As you go about collecting evidence and in the period after the accident, never admit fault for the slip or fall. Insurance adjusters are skilled at making you admit fault without even realizing it. It’s better to remain silent. Don’t point your finger or try to Let the evidence of the case, and your attorney, speak for you.
Contact An Experienced Personal Injury Lawyer
Once you’ve taken the basic steps towards preparing a successful claim, you’ll want to reach out to a skilled Montana personal injury lawyer.
At Glacier Law Firm, we have years of experience working on personal injury cases. We make sure that you never settle for less, winning you the compensation you’ll need to pay medical bills and make up for lost wages.
After an injury, your main priority should be healing. That’s why we speak to insurance adjusters for you, consult with your doctors, and review accident records. We do the heavy lifting so that you can focus your recovery.