What to Do After a Slip-and-Fall Accident
When you’ve fallen because of someone else’s negligence, you may need help getting the compensation you deserve. Unfortunately, knowing what to do after a slip-and-fall accident isn’t always easy.
That’s why you may need an attorney from Craig Swapp & Associates. Our team understands how serious your injuries are, and we want to help you. Give us a call for help getting your case settled, no matter how complicated it may seem.
Calculate Your Damages
One of the first steps to getting the compensation you deserve after a slip-and-fall injury will be calculating just how much your case is worth. This will be one of two major decisions to make on your claim that will affect the rest of your case.
When beginning these calculations, keep in mind that this isn’t necessarily just about your medical expenses, although those should be included. Instead, your damages could include any expenses that have come from your fall. For example, a traumatic brain injury can happen when you’ve suffered trauma to your head, and the damages can be serious. You may deal with the following:
- Lost wages during your time away from work
- Future therapy or treatments
- Pain and suffering, especially for skull fractures or chronic symptoms
Each of these damages should be assigned a monetary value so you know how much to seek in your slip-and-fall claim.
Determine Fault for Your Slip-and-Fall Accident
Once you’ve determined what happened, you then need to know who’s responsible. The answer may seem obvious—a store employee didn’t put a “Wet Floor” sign out, you slipped and fell, and it’s his or her fault. It’s not always so simple, however. In most cases, the employer or owner of the business or property is the one responsible, even if he or she wasn’t the one who directly caused your accident.
This is called vicarious liability. In the same way that an employer is responsible for your safety as an employee, a business owner who is allowing people on his or her property is required to inform them of dangers and take necessary precautions.
It’s important to take note of the business’ location, name, and other details after your accident. An attorney will be able to help you investigate your case and get the compensation you need to move on.
Contact Our Firm for Help
If you’re struggling with what to do after a slip-and-fall accident, don’t go it alone any longer. Our lawyers can guide you through the steps and help you make the decisions that will win you the compensation you need.
Call Craig Swapp & Associates for assistance. We’re committed to fighting for our clients, and we have the resources you need to fight back when a negligent property owner fails to fairly compensate you for your injuries.
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