It’s funny until it’s serious
Everyone has been in that situation when, while walking somewhere in public, a friend loses his footing and falls. Immediately, you start praying that this isn’t anything too serious. The words “please be okay” race through your mind over and over again because if your friend isn’t hurt, you get to point and laugh.
But that split second when you aren’t sure if your friend is injured is actually a bit scary. You hope they are lucky enough to get away with no more harm than a bruised ego. Unfortunately there are times the injuries are more serious. And when that happens you need to know how to help them.
Pictures of the scene of the accident are extremely important. Get photos as quickly as possible before the property owner corrects the dangerous condition.
Seek medical attention. It’s often the case that the seriousness of an injury won’t be immediately apparent. Don’t risk your health or your potential personal injury claim by neglecting treatment.
Getting the advice of a good personal injury attorney is easy. At Bergener Mirejovsky we offer free consultations 24 hours a day for anyone who has been in an accident. Call 1-800-881-2021 for a case evaluation. No commitment. No pressure. Just answers.
Doctors are your friends
Something that often seems to be the hardest part of an accident is admitting you’re not a doctor (note: we are not asking actual physicians to admit they are not doctors, just everyone else). An injury can take some time to manifest. The best thing for your case and especially for your own well-being is to have a professional determine what kind of injury you are dealing with.
Why would I get money for falling down?
If you’re a professional boxer willing to throw a fight, that’s an easy question to answer. But you’re probably more interested in situations that don’t involve breaking the law or compromising your ethics.
As accidental falls go, every situation is different. Let’s break it down in broad strokes.
You don’t get compensation if it’s your fault or because of the klutz gene your parents passed down to you. But if you’re hurt because of someone else’s negligence, you may be entitled to payment for your losses including medical bills, pain and suffering, and wages from work you had to miss. If you’re legally on a property, the owner of that property has a responsibility to make sure it isn’t a death trap. It’s your local grocery store, not Iraq. You shouldn’t need to “keep your head on a swivel,” “stay frosty,” or send scouts ahead to make sure it isn’t an ambush.
What can Sweet James do for me?
It’s not always easy to figure out responsibility after a slip and fall accident, much less prove it. We can help you make sense of your situation. Consultations are always free. Just call 1-800-881-2021 to speak with one of our experienced personal injury attorneys. We are happy to talk to you 24 hours a day, seven days a week. After figuring out who is at fault comes the really awful part—dealing with insurance adjusters. They will do everything they can to minimize what they owe you for your injury. There is no end to the games they will play or tactics they will use.
Talking to an insurance adjuster is like talking to the police. The rules are complicated and what you say will be used against you. Your best option is enlisting the help of an attorney who knows their tricks and how to counter them. Before founding the firm, Sweet James defended insurance companies. He has studied their playbooks and knows how to combat them. The personal injury attorneys at Bergener Mirejovsky use this knowledge to make sure the insurance company pays the maximum award possible for your injury.