Handling Medical Bills for a Slip and Fall Accident
Slip and fall accidents occur every day and can happen anywhere. It doesn't matter if you're in a parking lot, at a restaurant, shopping at the mall, or even in a grocery store. Unsafe conditions can lead to dangerous situations and severe injuries.
If you were involved in a slip and fall accident, you may have found that the cause of the accident was the responsibility of the owner of the premises.
Common Reasons for Slip and Fall Accidents
There are many reasons a slip and fall might happen. Here are some of the most common:
- Snow and ice accumulation on roads, sidewalks and parking lots
- Broken handrails
- Holes, depressions, or cracks in the sidewalk or ground
- Improper lighting
- Electrical cords and loose wires in walking areas
- Torn carpeting, broken floorboards, chipped tiles
- Defects in the pavement
Who Pays for My Medical Bills?
This is a very common question. In order to prove liability for a slip and fall accident, you must prove that the property owner knew about the unsafe conditions and failed to address it.
If they knew about it and chose not to fix it or put up signs to let people know about the unsafe areas, they will be the ones that will have to pay for your medical bills.
What Other Types of Compensation Are There?
Besides medical bills, other types of compensation would include; pain and suffering caused by the injuries, lost wages because you are unable to work, and out of pocket expenses.
What Evidence Do I Need to Collect?
When filing a claim for a slip and fall injury and when you are trying to get compensation for medical bills, you and your lawyer will need to collect as much evidence as possible, as close to the accident as possible. Possible evidence includes:
- Photographs of the place the accident took place
- Photographs of what made you slip and fall
- Photographs of your injuries
- Medical records
- Witness statements
- An accident report
- Video surveillance of your fall
Collecting these key pieces of information will help your personal injury lawyer build a strong case and get you the compensation you truly deserve.
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