People often wait rather than taking action after they’re hurt in a slip and fall accident, and this can be a big mistake for many reasons. The Bronx personal injury law firm of Feiner & Lavy always tells its clients or anyone who will listen the three steps to take if they are injured in an accident, such as a slip and fall:
- Take care of yourself first!
- File a police report and observe your surroundings!
- Call the Bronx personal injury law firm of Feiner & Lavy!
We can’t emphasize enough how important it is to take care of yourself first. Don’t be foolish and try to reshuffle this order of actions. Make sure you get the treatment you need, then file the police report and get photos or video of the place where the incident happened. At this point, you want to talk to a lawyer.
One of the problems is that people often don’t even take step one. The first thing they do is run home because they are embarrassed that they had a slip and fall accident. People who are adults, particularly older adults, are often more ashamed of falling than they are concerned for their own welfare. There are psychological reasons for this, such as the accident being an attack on someone’s self-esteem. Since you are reading this, we want to emphasize how important it is that you follow the actions above and make sure you take care of yourself.
There are several reasons you should do this. First, your injury, especially if it is a leg injury, will get worse as you walk on it. It will be difficult to determine how much of that injury was caused in the fall and how much worse it became because you used the injured limb immediately after hurting yourself. Second, injuries sometimes get worse over time. (See our article on delayed injury symptoms.) Without getting an injury checked out right away, it becomes more difficult to establish a medical baseline. Third, a property or business owner who has done something negligent is very likely to try to do something to cover up the incident in the hopes they won’t have to pay a claim. All your embarrassment about falling has done is to potentially hurt you and give the other guy an advantage if you have a legitimate claim.
With more than 80 years of combined experience, the law firm of Feiner & Lavy has seen many of the ways people respond and the downside of outcomes where people don’t follow the best practices. This is why we tell our friends and clients to follow these three steps, not to judge yourself and to be sure to get all right help to ensure that you will be in a good position to fight for the settlement you deserve.
If you are injured in a slip-and-fall accident, don’t feel embarrassed! Take care of yourself first, demand a police report and then call the Bronx personal injury law firm that is committed to that fight for you: Feiner & Lavy.
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