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Why You Should Always Report a Slip and Fall

By Jason Bottlinger on June 20, 2023

Slip and fall accidents are among some of the most common accidents, leading to more than one million emergency room visits a year in the United States. While some of the injuries may be minor, many are very severe, causing broken bones, traumatic brain injuries, or even loss of life. If you were injured in a slip and fall accident on another party’s property, report the slip and fall as soon as possible. Get a full medical assessment and tell the attending doctor what occurred. Reporting a slip and fall to the property owner or manager could be a vital point in a personal injury claim and protect the safety of future patrons or visitors to a property.

Establishing a Clear Documentation Trail

When you report a slip and fall accident, it immediately begins a clear documentation trail that could help strengthen your personal injury claim, improving your chances of recovering monetary damages for your injuries. Otherwise, if you fail to report it, the absence of a report could call into question the truth of your claim or the severity of your injuries. Some of the most common slip and fall injuries include:

  • Fractures
  • Traumatic brain injuries (TBI)
  • Spinal cord injuries
  • Shoulder, neck, and back injuries
  • Torn ligaments and dislocations
  • Soft tissue damage

The existence of an accident report can help support your claim and establish liability. Most of us tend to forget crucial details over time, but an accident report could help preserve critical information before memories fade. It is helpful to document the incident through photographs, including your injuries, the accident scene, and the hazardous conditions that led to the accident.

Increasing Your Chances of Fair Compensation

When you report a slip and fall accident as soon as possible, it could increase your chances of recovering compensatory damages. It would give your legal team more to work with, ultimately allowing them to build a stronger case that could lead to a faster resolution. If successful, you could be awarded compensation that would cover:

  • Medical expenses, including the cost of emergency services, surgeries, rehabilitative treatment, medication, assistive devices and any other medical costs you incurred as a result of the accident.
  • Wages you lost because you could not work, and reduced earning capacity caused by any long-term effects of your injuries.
  • Pain and suffering, including the physical pain of your injuries, emotional distress, loss of enjoyment of life, anxiety, and more.

With proper compensation, it could be easier to get back on your feet as you would not have to bear the financial burden of this accident. Let our dedicated legal team fight for you.

Why You Need an Omaha Premises Liability Attorney

If you were injured in a slip and fall accident, one of the first steps you should take is to report the accident and seek medical attention. Your next step is to seek experienced legal counsel to initiate the process of filing a claim or lawsuit to seek fair and just compensation for your injuries.

At Bottlinger Law L.L.C. in Omaha, our Omaha personal injury team is prepared to provide the knowledgeable advice you need to navigate your claim.  We know how challenging it can be to attempt to recover from serious injuries sustained in a slip and fall. We are dedicated to offering compassionate legal support when you need it most. Get started on your claim today by reaching out to us at (402) 505-8234 to schedule a free initial case review with our Omaha premises liability lawyer.

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