You could be entitled to compensation if you were injured in a slip and fall accident. However, there are plenty of pitfalls on the path to building a strong legal claim. Here are three common mistakes that you should avoid to protect your rights and maximize your financial recovery.
1. Neglecting Medical Treatment
It is important to visit the doctor after your slip and fall accident. Try not to let any feelings of embarrassment or shame keep you from getting the medical care that you need. Similarly, do not assume that you were unharmed. It is quite normal to experience delayed pain after a fall.
If you did suffer a serious injury, your medical visits will be used as evidence in your legal claim. But it can be incredibly difficult to seek compensation for your injuries if you do not see a doctor.
2. Failing to Collect or Preserve Evidence
Evidence is everything in personal injury lawsuits. It is best to provide as much documentation as possible to support your case. That way, you can improve your odds of achieving a favorable outcome or settlement.
If possible, gather evidence at the scene of your slip and fall. Take photographs of the hazardous condition and ask witnesses to provide their contact information. Keep copies of your medical records, medical bills, accident reports, and receipts for any out-of-pocket costs.
3. Underestimating Your Potential Damages
Many people who are thinking about filing a slip and fall claim mistakenly believe that they can only recover compensation for their medical bills. In fact, compensation may be available for things like lost wages and a reduced earning capacity. You may also be entitled to money for:
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional distress
- Loss of enjoyment of life
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The Frickey Law Firm is committed to getting you the justice and compensation you deserve. Schedule a free initial case evaluation at 303-237-7373 to discuss your slip and fall accident. Our attorneys proudly serve Lakewood, Denver, Boulder, and nearby areas of Colorado.