5 Things Not to Do After a Slip & Fall Accident

On Behalf of | Oct 4, 2022 | Slip Trip Falls

Mistakes to Avoid If You Are Injured in a Slip and Fall Accident

Slip and fall accidents happen every day. They can cause serious, life-threatening injuries. If someone else is responsible for your injuries, you might be entitled to compensation. However, your recovery can be impacted by the things you do and say after an accident.

At Siegel & Coonerty LLP, we represent individuals who have been seriously injured in slip, trip, and fall accidents throughout New York. We have extensive experience handling complex cases, specifically those involving traumatic brain injuries. If you or a loved one has been injured in a slip and fall accident, contact our office at 646-960-8195 to schedule a free consultation.

Here are 5 common mistakes people make when they are injured in a slip and fall accident:

  • Don’t Leave the Scene Without Evidence

You should not leave the scene of the accident without evidence. Photographs and videos can be critical pieces of evidence in slip and fall cases. They can help to prove liability by showing what caused the fall.

Unfortunately, once a property owner gets wind of a potential lawsuit, they may try to cover up the hazard. Taking pictures or requesting surveillance video is imperative to ensure that you get the evidence you need to prove your claim.

  • Don’t Admit Fault

You should never admit fault. It is not your job to determine liability or who caused the accident. Admitting fault or that you may have been responsible (even partially) may impact your right to compensation. An insurance adjuster may twist your words to avoid putting their insured at fault.

  • Don’t Talk About Your Accident

While you should report the accident to the property owner or store manager, you should not talk about your accident with other people, including insurance adjusters. To protect your right to recovery, you should speak with a slip and fall attorney before making any written or recorded statements.

  • Don’t Downplay Your Injuries

It is common for people to try to minimize their injuries after an accident. They may not want to seem as hurt as they really are or may feel like they need to return to work despite the pain. Downplaying your injuries may reduce your settlement or verdict amount. It can also delay your physical recovery.

  • Don’t Accept a Settlement (Without First Consulting an Attorney)

You should never accept a settlement without first consulting with an attorney. Early settlement offers rarely include compensation for things like your pain and suffering or future loss of income. Having an attorney review your case can ensure that you receive the largest recovery possible based on your injuries.

Contact Our Office Today

Were you injured in a slip, trip, or fall accident in New York? You may be entitled to compensation for your injuries. Contact our office at 646-960-8195 to discuss your case directly with an attorney. All consultations are free and confidential.

Get the experienced representation you need and deserve. Matters are handled on a contingency basis, meaning there are no fees unless we win.