What to Do After a Slip and Fall in a Parking LotTrusted Content
Legally reviewed by:Erik Abrahamson, J.D. September 29, 2020
This article attempts to explain what to do if you suffered a slip and fall in a parking lot.
The aftermath of a slip and fall accident in Florida can be a painful and emotional experience. While a slip and fall itself can occur in seconds, the effects can be lasting.
A slip and fall accident can occur anywhere at any time, but parking lots are one of the most common locations where slip and fall accidents occur.
So, what do you do if you or a loved one has been involved in a slip and fall in a parking lot? The good news is that you have rights, and there are ways for you to recover.
The slip and fall attorneys at Abrahamson & Uiterwyk have the knowledge and experience necessary to fight for your rights. We are here to help you navigate the process and get through this difficult time, so contact us today to discuss your case and see what we can do for you.
Parking Lot Slip and Falls: An Overview
If you slip and fall in a parking lot, a lawsuit might become necessary. But before even getting to the point of filing your lawsuit, there are certain steps you should take.
Important Steps to Take After a Slip and Fall in a Parking Lot
If you have never sustained injuries in a slip and fall accident before, you may not know how to move forward. However, knowing what steps to take after you slip and fall in a parking lot can be crucial to your recovery.
In fact, failure to take proper actions after your accident can sometimes diminish your rights and ability to recover moving forward. Below are three important steps you should always take after your slip and fall accident.
Step 1: Seek Prompt Medical Attention
The first and often most important step after any slip and fall accident is to seek immediate medical attention. Your well-being is the main priority, and diagnosis can be crucial. Failure to promptly diagnose and treat any injuries that may exist can lead to even greater harm and can lengthen your recovery process.
Even if you don’t feel or notice any injuries immediately after your fall, it is still imperative that you visit a medical professional to confirm that no injuries exist. Often, injury victims will not notice any physical pain due to adrenaline after their accident. Thus, you should always seek medical attention as soon as practicable.
Step 2: Collect Evidence at the Scene
As long as you are not too injured to do so, you should try to collect as much information as possible at the scene of the accident. Sometimes, some of the best evidence will be available right at the scene of the accident.
A simple way to do this is to take photographs
on with your phone. Take photographs of the exact accident location, the surrounding area, your injuries, damage to any of your personal items, and anything else you think may be related to your fall or injury.
Other information you may be able to gather at the scene might include:
- The address of the location in which you fell;
- Contact information for any representatives of the business whose parking lot you fell; and
- Contact information and statements from any people who may have witnessed your accident.
The more evidence and information you have regarding your slip and fall accident, the easier it will be to prove your case. Thus, always try to gather as much information as you can.
Step 3: Contact a Slip and Fall Injury Attorney
After seeking treatment for any possible injuries, you should reach out to an attorney to discuss your case. Most attorneys will offer a free case evaluation, so it is almost always in your best interest to at least have an initial consultation.
Having an experienced injury attorney in your corner can be a great asset to your slip and fall parking lot lawsuit.
Accident victims who don’t understand the legal process will frequently make small, avoidable mistakes that have the potential to limit their recovery. But attorneys who practice personal injury cases for a living have an in-depth understanding of the law. Thus, attorneys can help you avoid those mistakes and ultimately fight to maximize your recovery.
How Will We Help with Your Case?
Abrahamson & Uiterwyk is an experienced personal injury law firm well-equipped to handle your slip and fall case. We have been helping injury victims for over 30 years, and we hope we can do the same for you.
Our slip and fall attorneys will provide you with an initial assessment of your case. Further, we will conduct a thorough investigation to determine what compensation you may be entitled to. We will aggressively negotiate with insurance companies and opposing parties to fight for your rights. And lastly, we will never be afraid to take your case to trial if that is what your case requires.
Abrahamson & Uiterwyk’s slip and fall attorneys have represented over 20,000 injury victims throughout Florida. Our team of attorneys will fight aggressively for your rights and do everything we can to help you get the compensation you need to recover. Contact us today to get started, set up your free case review, and see what our firm can do for you.
Get Your Slip and Fall Questions Answered
We know how difficult this time must be for you. That’s why we’ve answered some frequently asked questions to help you get the answers you need.
How Much Will It Cost to Hire an Attorney?
At Abrahamson & Uiterwyk, we offer a no-fee guarantee. We do this to lessen the financial burden on clients who need representation. This means that when you hire us, you will not pay any legal fees or costs unless and until we win your case.
Is There an Average Slip and Fall Accident Settlement?
No, there is no “average” settlement for a Florida slip and fall accident settlement. However, there are certain factors that will affect how much you may be entitled to recover. Contact us today to discuss the facts of your case and see what your case might be worth.
What Damages Can I Recover?
Typically, you can recover monetary compensation for things such as medical expenses, lost income, and lost earning capacity due to your injuries. In slip and fall cases, you may also recover compensation for things such as pain and suffering and emotional distress. However, every case is different. So contact our team to discuss the specific facts and circumstances of your case.