What To Do After a Slip and Fall Accident at Walmart

Slip and fall accidents can strike in an instant, even in seemingly safe places such as your local Walmart. The devastating aftermath of these accidents leaves victims and their loved ones grappling with the physical, emotional, financial, and even occupational repercussions. While slip and fall accidents always seem to happen when you least expect them, the decisions you make from the moment the accident occurred can have a profound impact on the overall outcome of your case. That’s why it’s vital to know your rights and understand the steps to take to ensure you receive the compensation you deserve.

If you or a loved one were the victim of a slip and fall accident in Greater Philadelphia or South Jersey, including Camden and Atlantic City, the skilled and seasoned personal injury team at the Law Offices of Craig A. Altman stands ready to safeguard your rights and aggressively fight for your future. Our team will stand by your side every step of the way, demanding justice, accountability, and rightful compensation. We are ready to start fighting for you today.

1. Seek Medical Attention and Follow Medical Advice

Nothing should ever come before your health and safety. Even if you don’t believe you are seriously injured, you should never discount the impact of adrenaline and shock, and should be mindful that certain injuries are known to have a delayed onset. To start your recovery on the best possible footing and ensure you’re protecting your right to compensation, don’t delay seeking medical attention. Plus, any medical documentation of your injury can play a huge role in the success of your case.

It’s also vital that you follow your provider’s recommended treatment plan. Not only is this going to help you get back on your feet quicker, but failing to comply with your doctor’s orders could jeopardize your ability to seek compensation and weaken your case. Non-compliance can be used against you, so it’s important to take your injuries and your recovery seriously.

2. Report the Accident

Inform the store manager or another employee of the slip and fall accident as soon as you’re able, and request that an incident report be filed. This report will create a documented record of the accident, including the date, time, location, and circumstances, and obtain a copy of this report for your records.

3. Gather Evidence and Documentation

When it comes to personal injury law, the more evidence the better. If you’re able, gather evidence at the scene of the accident, including photographs of the area where the slip and fall occurred, any visible injuries, and any hazardous conditions such as wet floors, spills, debris, or uneven surfaces. It’s also advisable to collect contact information from any witnesses who observed the fall or assisted in the aftermath. It’s also wise to preserve evidence to the best of your abilities, such as the clothing and shoes you were wearing at the time of the accident. It’s best not to wash or alter any evidence until your attorney gives you the all-clear.

Keeping detailed records of your injuries, including medical reports and bills, is essential for a successful claim for compensation. These will demonstrate the extent of your injuries and the cost of any medical treatment required as a result. If you have any additional expenses as a result, such as lost wages and out-of-pocket costs, it’s important to keep a detailed record and receipts as reimbursement for these expenses may increase to your rightful settlement.

4. Never Admit Fault

Avoid making any statements that could be interpreted as an admission of fault or guilt, whether to bystanders, Walmart employees, or insurance representatives. These statements could be used against you later. It’s best to stick to the facts when discussing the events surrounding the slip and fall, and avoid speculating or assigning blame. If possible, let your attorney handle these communications, especially where insurance companies are concerned.

5. Contact an Attorney at the Law Offices of Craig A. Altman

Slip and fall cases are complex and nuanced, especially when big corporations (with uncooperative insurance companies and high-powered lawyers on speed dial) are involved. An experienced personal injury attorney can protect your rights and guide you through the legal process, ensuring you are aware of your options so you can make informed decisions. Your attorney will conduct a comprehensive investigation, assess the strength of your case, negotiate with Walmart and insurance companies on your behalf, and represent you in court if necessary. If you or a loved one suffered a slip and fall accident in Pennsylvania or South Jersey, trust the experienced personal injury team at the Law Offices of Craig A. Altman to deliver comprehensive, client-centric services, fighting relentlessly for your best interests and the maximum possible compensation. Contact us today or call us at (856)-327-8899.

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