The term "slip and fall" implies to some people that these claims are frivolous, but the fact is many of these accidents are preventable, and serious. We have represented people who have suffered traumatic brain injury, displaced fractures and other long term, life changing injuries. Here are some things to consider if you have been injured on someone else's property.
- Get medical attention immediately. Even though you may not be sure how severe your injuries are, seek immediate medical help. Often, your body goes into shock, and symptoms from injuries may take awhile to appear. Getting immediate medical help may be essential to proper diagnosis and may help lessen the severity of long term symptoms—so you get feeling better faster.
- Take photos as soon as possible. Photos are crucial in any slip and fall claim. Take photos at the scene of the accident, of your injuries, and of any other resulting. This will help you show what happened instead of having to rely solely on your testimony to prove your claim.
- Talk to the property manager. The hazard that caused your injury must be fixed immediately to prevent any other injuries to other patrons. Talk to the property manager to let her know precisely what happened, so she is aware of your injuries and you can help stop anyone else from getting hurt in the same way.
- Avoid giving a recorded statement. Once you have spoken to the property manager, she will likely call her insurance company. If the insurance company reaches out to you and asks to give a recorded statement, you have the right to say no. These recorded statements are often used against the injured person to avoid full responsibility for your injuries. Don’t be victimized twice: there is no justice when you must pay for some else’s negligence.
- Say no to signing any paperwork. A property owner may also ask that you sign paperwork about the accident. Never sign anything without speaking to your Oregon slip and fall lawyer first.
Remembering what to do after a slip and fall accident is difficult. To help you get the most out of your claim, contact the Di Bartolomeo Law Office, P.C. We can discuss your case, and let you know what issues you face.