Slip and fall or trip and fall accidents are surprisingly common. While slipping and falling in your own home is not something you can blame anyone else for, there are many instances of slip and fall accidents happening outside the home.
It is important to get medical attention as a priority if you have had a bad fall. Your own state of health demands it and if someone’s negligence was the cause of the slip and fall, then you will need all the medical evidence you can get to make a personal injury claim. It’s unfortunate that some people fail to get medical attention soon enough after a slip and fall injury and may even feel that the injury was somehow their own fault when in fact the injury could have been avoided.
Read on to learn why medical attention is vital in slip and fall accidents.
Your Health is Important
Slip and fall accidents can cause several nasty injuries, not all of which are detected straight away. Cuts and bruises, dislocations and broken bones are the most common slip and fall injuries and any of these could become more serious than they should if left unattended after an accident.
Cuts and gashes wherever they have occurred could lead to infections and sepsis. Broken bones may not heal properly or take longer than they should to heal if not assessed properly by a doctor. X-rays and MRI scans may help to assess the severity of slip and fall injuries and determine whether more intensive treatment is necessary. All this can cost money and if the accident was not your fault, you should certainly be considering whether you have sufficient evidence to submit a personal injury claim.
Your long term state of health should certainly not be neglected after a slip and fall injury, so it is important to at least get your injuries checked as soon as possible. If further treatment is considered necessary, you should remember to collect as much medical documentation as possible as this could prove very useful if you decide to file a claim for compensation.
It’s Evidence in Your Personal Injury Claim
If you have slipped or tripped and fell due to poorly maintained floor surfaces or the condition of paths or sidewalks on private or public property, then you may have good grounds for submitting a personal injury claim. Spaces where the public are allowed to use such as shopping malls, stores, offices, public buildings, sidewalks, parks and playgrounds are expected to be maintained in conditions that are safe.
Temporary unsafe conditions should be closed, cordoned off or have signs clearly publicizing a hazard. If these safety measures have not been considered or put into practice, the owner or manager of the place where an injury has occurred may be liable to pay compensation.
To file a personal injury claim you must have proof that the injury you report was caused by a specific hazard which could have been avoided. Your medical documentation is vital when you submit a claim as it helps to substantiate the amount in compensation you are claiming. Without medical evidence in the form of doctor’s injury assessment, x-rays, scans and other test results, hospital and medication bills you may not be able to obtain adequate compensation.
Get Help With Your Slip and Fall Claim
There are important reasons why you should get medical attention and obtain medical evidence after a slip and fall injury if your injury was due to someone else’s negligence. Your state of health is important and the evidence will be essential if you decide to file a claim.
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