While many people think about a slip and fall as an accident, it doesn’t mean a party isn’t liable. A property owner is responsible for keeping their public walking areas safe. If you have been injured in a San Jose slip and fall accident, you do have options for being reimbursed for the damages you have incurred. Here are a few of the most common questions surrounding San Jose slip and fall accidents.
What to Do After a Slip and Fall Accident
The actions you take directly after your accident can greatly increase the ability of your attorney to fight on your behalf. The more information you can provide, the better. With that in mind, make sure to do the following, if you are able:
Take pictures of the location of the fall.
Make notes on your phone about any conditions that led to your fall, like spills, uneven floors, or inadequate handrails.
Get contact information of any witnesses that saw your slip and fall accident.
Take pictures of your injuries directly after and throughout the healing process.
Keep a journal of the symptoms you experience, your pain level, and how the fall is impacting your life.
Make sure to keep track of any medical records or notes your doctor makes.
How Soon Do I Need to File a Lawsuit?
As with most personal injury lawsuits, there is a statute of limitations that puts a time limit on how long you can wait to file. In California, you have a two-year deadline for filing your slip and fall accident case. Some rare exceptions may “pause the clock” with regards to your lawsuit. However, you will need to speak with an attorney to determine if your situation applies.
Just because you have two years to file your lawsuit doesn’t mean you should wait until the last minute to speak with an attorney. The best strategy is to begin preparing for your suit as soon as possible. The more time you have, the more you can weigh options and the more leverage you have during the settlement process.
Can I Deal with the Insurance Companies without an Attorney?
As soon as you are injured, you may get a call from the insurance company with the offer to help. They may seem extremely nice, helpful, and interested in what occurred. The insurance company has no obligation to provide you with the compensation you deserve for your injury. Don’t fall for their tricks; their loyalty lies with the insurance company. Don’t talk to the insurance company until you meet with your attorney. They can guide you on the next steps and navigate through the claims process for your San Jose slip and fall to ensure you are taken care of.
How Do I Get Started?
The first step is to schedule a consultation with an experienced San Jose slip and fall attorney. In this short meeting, you will talk about the circumstances of your accident, your injuries, and the impact it has had on your life and family. Once you retain an attorney, they will create a customized legal strategy for you.
Ready to speak to a San Jose slip and fall attorney? Call the Law Offices of Tanya Gomerman at 415-545-8608 to schedule your FREE consultation.