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Raleigh Personal Injury Lawyer: What to Do in a Slip and Fall Accident

Howard Kurtz - 12/3/2014
Generally speaking, slip and fall accidents occur because of the presence of dangerous conditions within a given area. Accidents of this nature can happen anywhere—restaurants, grocery stores, night clubs, shopping centers, sports venues, etc. If you become a victim of a slip and fall accident, you may be eligible to receive compensation for general damages such as pain and suffering, medical expenses, loss of income, and more.

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Potential injuries from slip and fall accidents

Slip and fall injuries range from minor to serious. Minor injuries include bruises, cuts, and broken bones in the extremities. Serious injuries include loss of blood, back injuries, concussion, and death.

What to do in case of a slip and fall accident

There are three things you must do in case of a slip and fall accident. The first two are described in full detail in an article posted on AllLaw.com.

Report The Accident To The Owner of the Premises

If you get hurt in a slip and fall accident, you should report the accident immediately to the premises owner or some responsible person connected with the premises. If you get hurt on commercial property, report the accident to the highest ranking person that you can find there. If you get hurt on public property, report it to the city or town that day if at all possible.

Get Medical Treatment If You Need It

If you are hurt, go to the doctor. If it is an emergency, go or ask to be taken to a local emergency room or a walk in clinic. Don’t wait. Insurance companies (and juries) often assume that, if you did not seek medical attention immediately, you weren’t that hurt.

The third is to contact a Raleigh personal injury lawyer as soon as you can before you even give a statement to an insurance adjuster. It is imperative that you talk to a lawyer regardless of how minor the injury may be. The law firm of Kurtz and Blum offer free initial consultations, so you don’t have to worry about how much you have to pay to have your case evaluated.

Why you need to talk to a lawyer

In North Carolina, victims of slip and fall accidents can be barred from compensation if they are found to have contributed to their injuries. A consultation with a personal injury lawyer in Raleigh, NC will inform you of what to do or say to refute any allegations of Contributory Negligence on your part and possibly help you to get the compensation you deserve.

(Source: Starting a Slip/Fall Injury Claim, AllLaw.com)


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