Why It Is Important To See A Personal Injury Lawyer As Soon As Possible After A Slip And Fall

If you have suffered an injury as a result of a slip and fall, you should get the advice of a lawyer sooner rather than later.

One reason is because of the 7- and 10-day notice periods for registering an intent to claim. With such a short period of time available, it is important to get help right away to begin the legal process. Also, it is worthwhile to have a professional help find out who the actual defendants will be.
Most of the clients I see have experienced orthopedic injuries or broken bones. They’ve gone to the hospital and received medical attention. However, a portion of my slip and fall clients have suffered soft tissue injuries or soreness. This pain will worsen as the days go on and they delay getting medical treatment thinking it will get better.
It is never a good thing to delay getting medical treatment for two reasons. The first reason is that a delay in treatment can have a negative effect on your recovery. The second reason is that the first evidence of an injury due to a slip and fall is the doctor’s first medical note. If this note is written 3, 4, or 5 days after the slip and fall, the property owner could ask, “ “How do we know that it actually happened the way you said it did because you didn’t go see a doctor for three or four days?” It’s important to see a lawyer and to also get medical attention as soon as you are able after the event.
Another important thing you must do is report the accident, in writing, to whomever you think is the occupier of owner of the property. That way you’ve got a paper trail to establish when the incident occurred or what happened. In fact, you might even be able to speak to the owner or the occupier and that might also be very helpful. That oftentimes does happen for slips and falls in malls or in stores. Somebody from the mall will come and fill in a form asking you certain questions about how the fall occurred and how you feel. That written notice beneficial to you because then there’s no question about where the slip and fall occurred, what date it occurred, and even the time of day that it occurred.
Lately, I have had clients who have taken photographs of the scene of their slip and fall with their phone cameras. These photos are not always the best quality, but some are good enough to actually show the hazard or the problem that caused the fall. A photograph won’t necessarily create negligence but it does prevent the owner and occupier denying that there was snow and ice, for instance, on the sidewalk at the time of the fall. Since they’re always producing new phones with better cameras, I expect to see even more of this use in the future.

If you, or someone you care about, is dealing with Personal injury law issues in the London, Ontario Region, contact Lomax Law Firm.

This article is taken from a April 24, 2009 interview with Rein Lomax, LL.B., Personal Injury Lawyer with Lomax Law Firm Professional Corporation in London, a Personal Injury Law Firm. Note that laws vary from province to province. Please consult with a lawyer in your own area to be sure of the laws and specific issues in your own jurisdiction.