As per statistics, you are more likely to slip and fall than be involved in a road accident. This just goes to show that this could happen to anyone, just about any time. From icy sidewalks to greasy oil patches and badly lit stairwells- the chances of you being a victim of such a fall is high. What progresses after such an incident is a claim over the injuries.
However, errors that are made needlessly can degrade the claim and weaken your slip and fall lawsuit. Most of these errors are done mistakenly. Here are a few of them, so that you can avoid the heartbreak of lower compensation, or worse losing the lawsuit entirely despite being hurt bad.
People Often Exaggerate The Claim
Under no circumstances, should you lie about the extent of your injuries or the extent of your losses to your insurance company. Chances are that they will end up hammering a nail on your coffin and end up charging you with insurance fraud. Don’t exaggerate the claims. Talk to your lawyer before you end up blurting out something unwanted-Your lawyer will thank you!
Not Keeping Evidence
Most of the credibility of your case relies on your ability to show the court the dangers that caused your fall. The best way to do that is physical evidence. But what sort of evidence, you may ask.
For starters, take photos and video of the site of fall, showcasing that it was not lit well, or that there were far too many obstacles. Keep the pair of shoes you wore at the time of fall to show that you were indeed wearing appropriate footwear at the time of the accident.
Get Medical Treatment Fast!
Don’t be waiting 2-3 days to head to the ER. Make sure that you head to the hospital as soon as possible. The reason for this is, for you to have documentation of the injuries that you sustained and also to tie in those with the fall.
If you take your sweet time, then the hospital bills and prescriptions would indicate a lapse- You could have been hurt by something else in between the fall and the hospital visit. The defense would very much take the opportunity!
Collect every single bill and note by the doctor, for this will make the difference of you winning the case or not.
Lastly, get in touch with a good Israeli Law Firm in the US who has the track record and the relevant expertise. That way you’ll increase your chances of getting the just compensation that is due to you.