Many injured victims do not take a slip/trip and fall incident as serious as they should from the moment of injury. This avoidance or complacency only serves to encourage large corporations and insurance companies to withhold fair compensation to injured persons as a result of negligence. Businesses and insurance companies know that in a slip and/or trip and fall incident, evidence disappears quickly. When little to no evidence is available, claims are easier to dismiss.
Most jurors deciding a slip/trip and fall case, have never been injured in a similar way. Moreover, the way jury selection is conducted in Florida; it is unlikely a slip/trip and fall victim would remain as a juror on a slip/trip and fall trial. Insurance companies and their thousands of attorneys know this. More commonly experienced at trial is a jury comprised of unsympathetic folks who believe this kind of accident would have never happened to them because they believe they are more aware than the victim, and they watch where they are going.
However, statistics show that one in every four people suffer a fall every year – with most of these people being 65 years old and above. Some unfortunate souls suffer multiple slip/trip and fall over the course of their lifetime. What many folks may not know is that incidents such as these can not only cause serious injuries, but also death, brain damage or paralysis. That risk of harm is why businesses are required to keep their stores and places of business clean and safe from these dangers. More often than not, these slip/trip and fall cases reveal businesses put their profits ahead of the safety of their patrons and guests. When that happens, preventable injuries become inevitable outcomes.
Retaining an attorney immediately following an injury is the best way to help level the playing field for the average Joe or Jane set to fight against big business and the insurance industry. Victims can protect themselves by being prepared, acting immediately and fighting for their rights. Here are a few issues to consider why injured victims should immediately hire a personal injury attorney as soon as a slip/trip and fall injury occurs.
The Preservation of Evidence
Avoiding Costly Pitfalls
Communication with Treating Medical Providers
Communication with Defendants and Insurance Companies
Putting the Defendant(s) on Notice
Gathering and Keeping Evidence
Making the Claim
Victims should strive to avoid being a victim twice. While the world of tort reform would have the average person believe only minor injuries occur from slip/trip and falls, statistics prove otherwise. Slip/trip and fall victims are not driving up the costs of health care and taxes. These themes are nothing more than propaganda bought and paid for by big business and insurance companies. Their target, innocent victims. Convincing the general public that these slip/trip and falls are low level unimportant injuries that don’t require immediate attention helps fuel these misconceptions. As more claims are denied and devalued big business and the insurance industry enjoys the profits. Ever wonder why every single insurance company commercial tells the viewers how friendly they are, or how they can trust them, or how cool they are? It’s not a game. It’s intentional and most injured victims have no idea what they are facing until it’s too late.