Being injured in a slip and fall accident caused by the negligence of a business or property owner is something that no one wants, but once it happens, protecting your best interests by preserving your claim is vital. Whether the liable party is one person, or a large company is at fault, failing to complete the steps necessary for building a strong case could severely limit your ability to receive a reasonable settlement. While each case is different, there are a few things that every individual involved in a slip and fall or other liability claim should avoid doing. Making any of these premise liability claim mistakes could seriously damage your case and destroy your chances of receiving the settlement you deserve.
Often people without medical insurance or who are concerned about missing work will fail to attend follow up appointments that were suggested or scheduled immediately after the accident. Receiving medical care from a qualified doctor is one of the most important parts of the claim process. Without evidence that shows the injuries occurred and required treatment, you will have a difficult time convincing a claims adjuster to take your claim seriously. If you attempt to file a claim without obtaining the medical treatment that was recommended, the claims adjuster or business owner may argue that your injury was not that bad since you decided not to obtain follow up care.
Today claims adjusters and attorneys love using social media to gather evidence related to their cases since many people are so used to sharing every aspect of their lives that they fail to think of the consequences of their posts. Images of you doing activities or discussing events that directly contradict the injury claims you have already made can seriously damage your credibility. Even venting or complaining can cause problems since an attorney or adjuster can portray you as a bitter or opportunistic person who is pursuing a claim for financial benefit rather than because any real injury occurred.
During the claims negotiation process, a representative of the company or individual liable for your accident may ask you to sign some documents. While it is possible that they may be completely honest when making their requests and explaining what you are signing, it is possible that they will be less than transparent. Signing documents without your own legal representation places you at a significant disadvantage. You could sign medical authorizations that give others the right to review your entire medical history, including issues that have nothing to do with your claim. Most importantly, you run the risk of signing away valuable rights including the ability to receive compensation.
Once you or someone close to you has been involved in a slip and fall accident, securing your claim by protecting your legal rights is of the utmost importance. Contacting a premise liability attorney immediately increases your chances of avoiding costly mistakes and ensuring that you have the representation you need throughout the entire process. The lawyers at the David Bell Law Firm are here to provide you with the legal advice you need. Contact us today to schedule an initial consultation at our conveniently located Augusta, Georgia office so that we can begin helping you with your case.