You were out shopping when you slipped on a slick floor and fell down a few steps. You have some aches and bruises, but you are able to get up, and you don’t see any signs of obvious injury. Should you see a doctor?
Our personal injury attorneys advise anyone who is injured in a Georgia slip-and-fall to seek medical attention. Here are two good reasons why:
- Many slip-and-fall victims have hidden injuries. It is not uncommon for slip-and-fall accidents to cause injuries to the head and spine or even internal injuries. These injuries are serious, but they don’t always have immediate symptoms. It could be a day or even a week after your accident before you notice that something is wrong. When you go to the emergency room or visit your personal physician, the doctor will screen you for hidden injuries and give you a list of symptoms to watch for.
- The insurance company may require documentation of your injuries. Suppose you do have a hidden injury. You ask the insurance company to pay your medical bills. They ask for your medical records, and then they deny your claim. According to the insurance company, there is no proof that the slip-and-fall caused your injuries because you didn’t seek treatment until several days after the accident. The insurance company says that there could be another cause for your symptoms. If you had seen a doctor on the day of the accident, you would have medical documentation showing that your injuries were caused by the slip-and-fall. This doesn’t mean that you won’t win your claim, but your Atlanta personal injury lawyer will have to find other evidence to show that the slip-and-fall caused your injury.
Slip-and-fall incidents are the leading cause of emergency room visits in Georgia. Stores, restaurants, and other businesses have a duty to protect customers from dangerous situations that can cause injury. If you were injured in a slip-and-fall, you may be eligible to file a premises liability claim. To learn more about compensation for slip-and-fall victims, please contact Kaufman Law. We offer free consultations.