Have you been injured at a Christmas party, mall or in a parking lot this holiday season? Are you wondering if you can recover for your injuries? Trip and fall and slip and fall accidents are two of the most common accidents during the holiday shopping season. Just because you fell at a business or someones home does not guarantee you that you can recover for your injuries. In fact, many times the business or homeowner is not at fault for your injuries in Alabama. A business is only liable if they knew, caused or should have known about the defective condition before your fall. If you have fallen because of a wet, dirty or defective floor, you should contact a Decatur, Alabama personal injury attorney as soon as possible. If you have sustained an unfortunate slip and fall or trip and fall accident in Decatur, Alabama, here are a few tips to consider before its too late.
- 1. Falling in a business does not mean you will win your case.
I constantly get calls from injured store patrons who think they can recover just because they were injured in a business. Stores are not guarantors of your safety. You must prove the store was liable for your injuries before you can recover. There must be some form of negligence on the part of the store owners or employees for you to win.
- 2. Do an accident report, the store employees are not going to help you win your case.
Make sure to notify the store management as soon as you are able. An accident report must be prepared in your case before you leave the store. Do not expect the store to do a report days after you fall. People do fake falls and a report helps everyone involved in the case. When you leave the store all of the evidence is gone.
- 3. Pay attention to where you fell, the employees will change the scene quickly.
Store employees will often show up with mops, towels and cameras after an accident. Although you are embarrassed and hurting, the evidence in your case will disappear before you know it. If you are with someone, have them take pictures, get names and addresses of witnesses and give a statement. Keep your clothes, shoes and evidence from your fall.
- 4. Get medical treatment immediately if needed.
If you have been injured in a trip and fall or slip and fall accident in Decatur, Alabama, you must get medical treatment as soon as possible for your injuries. Waiting to see if you start feeling better is never the right thing to do after an accident. Bruises, cuts, fractures and back injuries should be treated immediately. The longer you wait to get proper medical treatment, the harder it will be to prove your damages. Going to a family doctor, emergency room or local chiropractor is a good place to start. The store management will not agree to pay your bills or tell you who to go see for medical treatment. If the store is liable, your attorney will have to get them to pay medical payments benefits and money for your injuries.
- Talk to a lawyer and do not give a phone interview to the insurance company.
The insurance company for the business starts working against you as soon as they are notified of the accident. Do not help them in your case. A skilled Decatur, Alabama personal injury lawyer can make the difference between a good recovery in your case, or no recovery at all.
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If you have been injured, and you have questions, call for a free consultation today. We never charge a fee unless you recover for your injuries. Unlike many television and billboard attorneys, we don’t get you to call our office and send you to someone else to handle your case. Our attorneys interview you, work your case and try the case if necessary. At Ferguson and Ferguson you always talk to your attorney, not a secretary or paralegal. Your case is important, and our attorneys are available 24/7 to answer your questions. If you want a real personal injury attorney to handle your Decatur, Alabama fall case, call 256-350-7200 now. We are real trial attorneys here to help you through this difficult time.