For most of us, going to the grocery store is a regular occurrence that we don’t think twice about. Unfortunately, grocery stores often have significant slip, trip, and fall hazards that can leave shoppers with serious injuries. In fact, the injuries you can sustain in a slip and fall accident can leave you with long-term medical problems that could cost you thousands of dollars – or more.
If you have fallen in a grocery store, there are certain steps that you should take to protect your rights and your ability to recover compensation. Read on to learn what those steps are. For more information, call us today to speak with an Atlanta slip and fall lawyer.
File an Incident Report
The first thing you should do after a slip and fall in a store is report the incident to the manager on duty and request the file an incident report. This report will contain important information about your fall, including the date, time, and cause of your fall. In addition, it will likely contain any information about disciplinary or corrective action that was taken.
Seek Medical Attention
You should seek medical attention after a slip and fall accident, even if you do not believe you are seriously hurt. Not only is it important for your health and well-being, but seeing a doctor will ensure that you have documentation describing your injuries. That documentation may become very important when it comes time to make a claim.
Follow Your Doctor’s Orders
It’s vital that you follow the treatment plan your healthcare professional provides. That plan may include prescription medications, physical therapy, or even surgery. In addition, you should be certain to attend all follow-up appointments and be clear with your doctor about how your recovery is going.
Call an Attorney Immediately
Finally, you should contact a slip and fall lawyer as soon as possible after a grocery store slip and fall accident. An attorney will be able to review the facts of your case and determine whether you have a valid legal claim. In addition, a lawyer can evaluate your losses – including your hard-to-determine losses like pain and suffering – and figure out how much compensation you should get for your claim.
As a victim, it’s important to understand that insurance companies are out to make money, and they will do everything they can to get you to settle for less than your case is worth. The best way to ensure that your rights protected and that the insurance company treats your fairly is to retain a lawyer before you even file a claim.
Call Us Today for a Free Case Evaluation with an Atlanta Injury Lawyer
If you have suffered injuries in a slip and fall in a grocery store, there is a good chance that you are entitled to compensation. At Slappey & Sadd, we fight to get our clients the compensation they deserve and know how to get the insurance companies to pay up. To schedule a free case evaluation with a lawyer, call our office today or contact us online.