A slip-and-fall sounds like a trivial accident, but it can get pretty disastrous. Statistics point in that direction, with millions of cases reported annually resulting in serious injuries to victims or even death.
Given the frequency of these accidents, it is essential to know how to handle your case – you never know when you will be a victim. A routine stop at the mall or even an evening date out at your favorite restaurant could result in a slip-and-fall accident.
Below are three common mistakes you should avoid after such an accident:
1. Failing to see a doctor
You may feel fine after a slip-and-fall accident, but it is advisable to seek medical attention. Doing so will rule out the possibility of any internal injuries while ensuring that you have formal records of the extent of your injuries. This may come in handy when negotiating compensation for the damages you suffered from the accident.
2. Waiting too long to file a claim
If you wait too long, the evidence of your injuries or the accident could wear off, which could impact your claim. In addition, you may forget important details of your case or lose important documentation.
Note that you only have two years to file your claim in court. Otherwise, you may not be in a position to see the court’s intervention regarding your compensation after the stipulated time has lapsed.
3. Rushing into a settlement offer
Do not accept the first offer you get. It may not be enough to cover all your damages, and it could also limit your options when you realize that the amount offered is not enough. In addition, agreeing to a settlement offer means absolving the other party of blame, which is why you need to be careful before accepting any offers made to you.
In the end, the decisions you make as soon as the accident occurs will determine the outcome of your case. Learning more about your rights and protecting them will better your chances of getting the compensation you deserve.