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What should I know before dealing with Target about my slip and fall injury?

 

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Anytime a slip and fall accident occurs at a store, it is important that a victim knows how to handle the situation. The most important thing you should do is take pictures of the hazard that caused your slip and fall accident. In addition to photos, witnesses can also help prove a store’s negligence. If there are people who saw your fall and what caused it, ask them for their contact information.

If you are planning on handling your own slip and fall injury claim, make sure you know what your claim is worth before negotiating with the store or the insurance company. You will need to know your hard medical costs, which means you need to know the extent of your injury and whether you will need any future medical procedures. Next, it is important that you assign an amount to your pain, suffering, inconvenience, and whether or not you lost any income as a result of your injury.

Once you speak with Target or the insurance company, it is important to remember that you do not have to accept their financial settlement if it is not fair. They will want you to settle for as little money as possible. Remember that you can negotiate, and if they aren’t willing to offer you a fair settlement, you need to let them know you have pictures of evidence and witnesses who will testify to what they saw. Sometimes, you have to play hard ball to get a just recovery.

If the insurance company is still not being fair, you should retain an attorney to pursue your claim on your behalf in order to get the justice you deserve.

 


Damian Mallard, Esq.
Board Certified Sarasota Personal Injury Attorney