You may already be aware that if you were left with injuries after tripping and falling due to someone else’s carelessness, you could be eligible to pursue a personal injury claim for your losses. Also referred to as damages, this monetary reimbursement can help you pay for essential aspects of your recovery, such as medical bills and follow-up treatment, lost wages, and even emotional trauma.
But did you know there are steps you can take to potentially maximize your compensation after a slip and fall accident in Memphis? Contact the Law Office of David E. Gordon with any additional questions or to schedule a free initial consultation.
Steps to Increase Recoverable Damages
Have Detailed Visual Documentation
Take pictures of everything. This means taking photos of the accident scene, the injuries, and every step along the recovery path. These things are valuable pieces of evidence in establishing the extent of the injury and the amount of money to which the injured person is entitled.
Establish a Relationship with a Physician
Developing a good relationship with the doctor who will provide medical care is vital as physicians are often the most important witnesses in the case. If the doctor is on good terms with someone because they never miss appointments, follow their instructions, and speak to them in a respectful way, the doctor is more likely to help with the case.
Keep a Pain Journal
Keeping a journal of pain and discomfort experienced during the healing process may seem strange but can be truly helpful. These notes should be dated and go into specific detail about how the injury has harmed someone’s life. It may be as simple as not being able to sleep or experiencing back pain every time the person gets out of a chair. These are essential factors in determining how much money an injured person is entitled to because they show how much their daily lives are impacted by their injuries.
Insurance companies are typically anxious to reduce the amount they have to pay. It is not uncommon for an insurance company to offer as little as $1,000 to close the file quickly. If the injured individual is unsure of the extent of the injury, they should not fall prey to this tactic. Waiting longer to make an official claim often means the compensation increases, rather than decreases.
Contact a Memphis Attorney for Help Maximizing Your Case After a Trip and Fall Injury
Hiring a board-certified lawyer like David is one of the most essential steps to maximizing potential compensation after a slip and fall accident in Memphis. Fewer than two percent of Tennessee lawyers are board-certified in civil trial law. This means that less than one out of 50 lawyers has their skills, experience, and reputation evaluated and approved by a panel of attorneys appointed by the Tennessee Supreme Court.
Having a board-certified lawyer as your representative increases the likelihood that you will be able to resolve your case without a trial and achieve the best possible outcome. Contact the Law Office of David E. Gordon today to schedule your free consultation or to learn more.