Suffering injuries in a slip-and-fall accident can range from inconvenient to catastrophic. You might think you have an open-and-shut case if you suffered these injuries on someone else’s property, but caution may be your best friend. Never assume that things will go your way or you may lose out on the entitlements you deserve in a personal injury claim. In most cases, you will benefit from the guidance of a lawyer.
Acquiring legal representation is an excellent option, but here are a few tips that might strengthen your case.
Refrain from signing: This means do not sign anything without your lawyer’s approval. Property owners may try to persuade you to sign a waiver absolving them from liability. If you are injured, you may be confused or in shock and not understand what you are signing.
Refrain from speaking: You never know who might be listening so be careful about what you say. For some, it is in their nature to brush over the incident so that the property owner does not feel bad. Resist this temptation because what you say could work against your personal injury claim.
Document everything: Get witness names and addresses, take photos of the injuries and the scene, being sure to capture exactly what caused you to slip and fall. If you are too injured, try to have another party document for you.
Seek medical attention: Even if you do not feel particularly bad, you could be suffering from injuries that take a while to manifest. See a doctor and acquire thorough documentation about your injuries.
Finally, you should get legal advice as early as possible. The Chera Law Office serves Ontario residents who have suffered from a slip-and-fall accident. We are prepared to give you the advice you need to move forward with your claim.