If you suffered a slip and fall accident while shopping, you may be entitled to compensation. To make sure you don't jeopardize your claim for compensation, you need to avoid making costly mistakes. Before you go any further, here are three things you should do to make sure you receive the benefits and compensation you're entitled to.
Get Proper Medical Attention
If you've been injured in a place-of-business, it's important that you seek medical attention as soon as possible. Whether you seek medical care through an emergency room, urgent care facility, or your own primary care physician, you need to have your injuries documented. Those initial medical records will be particularly important if the insurance company decides to fight the claim, or the store refuses to accept responsibility for your injuries.
Not only that but a thorough physical following an accident will allow doctors to identify injuries that you might not realize you have. After an accident, your body will be producing an increased about of adrenaline, which can stop you from feeling pain for a while.
Seek Legal Representation
You might think that dealing with the insurance company on the own will save you money. Unfortunately, that's not necessarily true. While going it alone will help you avoid paying for attorney's fees, it may also prevent you from receiving the full compensation you're entitled to. Before you decide to negotiate with the insurance company on your own, you need to sit down with an injury lawyer. They'll answer any question you might have regarding your claim and they'll help you understand the legal process.
Document Your Injuries
Your recovery might not go as quickly as you'd like it to. In fact, it might be a process of a few steps forward followed by more steps backwards. Keeping a journal will allow you to keep track of your recovery, including those days when you seem to be getting worse instead of better. This information will help during the settlement negotiations, especially if the insurance company tries to downplay how your injuries affected your day-to-day life. Here are a few of the things you should include in your journal.
If you've suffered injuries as a result of a slip and fall accident in a store, you need to protect your rights as an accident victim. The information provided above will help you get the compensation you're entitled to.
If you are unable to work because of an illness or injury, you may qualify for social security disability payments. This money comes from a fund you have probably contributed to during your time in the work force, and it is likely that you have the right to disability payments using this money. As an attorney specializing in social security disability, I have a great deal of experience in helping clients determine if they qualify for disability payments. I hope that this blog will help people who have been injured understand what it means to qualify for social security disability benefits and how to go about getting that help.