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The One Main Step You Need to Take Within 24 Hours of a Slip and Fall Accident

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Nobody wants to see their claim denied.
Many people think that that they are not hurt after a slip and fall accident.   Many people who get hurt try and brush it off until the pain gets so bad they end up getting medical treatment a couple of weeks or so later.  If a injured person waits too long to see a doctor and report their injuries and pain, they may end up not being able to get appropriate medical treatment and may jeopardize their ability to prove they got hurt as a result of the slip and fall.  In this article, we will tell you exactly what you need to do within the first 24 hours of being hurt, why it is so important, and how this can affect your ability to be able to prove your case.

Getting Hurt In a Slip And Fall Are Called Premises Liability Cases and Time is Of the Essence!

When an individual owns a property, they are tasked with creating a safe environment, not just for the occupants, but also for surrounding bystanders, drivers and pedestrians. Every year, people are injured on properties where the owner or manager was negligent in some way that put them in danger. In the world of law, we refer to these kinds of cases as “premises liability” cases. These cases can involve a wide variety of parties, from homeowners to business owners, even owners of public property like parks and recreational fields. Don’t let someone else’s negligence cost you your health or way of life! If you’re injured on someone else’s property, and you’re convinced it was unjust and due to negligence, time is of the essence!  There are three main reasons why you should get medical care as soon as you get hurt.

Reason 1: Have You Been Injured? Physicians Need Early Notice!

At some point in time, if you’re suing a property owner for negligence, you’re going to have to go to a doctor and prove that you were injured. It’s important to see a doctor shortly after your injury to ensure that you have reliable information about the impact of your injury on their property. You don’t want to pursue a case when you took an extra two weeks to see your physician—even for the best physicians it’s difficult to pinpoint the exact date of an injury. However, it’s easier for physicians to discern when a wound or other injury has occurred recently. You’d rather have records of your injury occurring recently, rather than have the physician say that they can’t determine how recently the injury happened. Try to see a physician within 24 hours of your injury to ensure the best results from your premises liability case.

Reason 2: The Defense Attorneys and Insurance Companies WILL Hold It Against You

If you think that insurance companies and other law firms won’t take advantage of a victim that didn’t receive a physician’s diagnosis or consultation shortly after an accident, think again. Lawyers defending property owners will challenge the legitimacy of any medical report that was not attained shortly after an event. If there was an uncontrollable circumstance, and you were not able to recover medical documentation as quickly as you wanted to, it’s more important than ever to pursue aggressive and strategic legal representation.

Reason 3: Insurance Company Adjusters are Not There to Help You Get Better

Many personal injury cases result in claims against an insurance company or policy. Professional claims adjusters working for insurance companies are trained to defer and decrease the amount of compensation a claims or policyholder will receive. In many cases, they will neglect a policyholder or claims holder that does not have legal representation. Their interests don’t lie in protecting your rights; these individuals are dedicated to saving their employers money. You need and deserve someone who is adept at battling with these professional claims adjusters.

Remember, early reporting and medical treatment is key to having your case taken more seriously. If you’ve just been injured and you’re looking for answers, go seek medical attention immediately; it can only help your case. Our law firm has represented thousands of people who are hurt in a slip and fall.  We immediately tell the public that if you get hurt, get medical care immediately.  If you want to read more about slip and fall accidents, and what your rights are, read our frequently asked questions section of our website on premises liability (LINK HERE). Opt-in for our free legal blogs, press releases and legal guides.  For a consultation on your accident or injury case, don’t hesitate—call us today at 856.665.5709; we are trusted accident lawyers in and around South Jersey.

If you are hurt and need help, contact us immediately so we can go to work for you.  We help injured people get compensation and medical treatment so they can get back to health and their daily activities without having to deal with the insurance companies.