Slips and falls are the leading cause of injury-related accidents and can happen virtually anywhere at any time.
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Toronto, Canada (PRWEB) August 15, 2013
Rotondo Law Firm (http://www.RotondoLaw.com), a Greater Toronto Area (GTA) personal injury and wrongful death law firm, is releasing its critical tips to help victims succeed with their slip and fall claims.
“Slips and falls are the leading cause of injury-related accidents and can happen virtually anywhere at any time,” says P. Michael Rotondo, lead counsel at Rotondo Law Firm. “Through no fault of the victims, injuries sustained from a slip and fall can be very serious, resulting in long-term disability, loss of independence, or, in some cases, death. Even a seemingly minor slip or fall can result in pinched nerves, headaches, concussions, broken bones, hospitalization, medical bills, loss of job, or loss of independence.”
To protect their legal right and get the compensation they deserve, Rotondo says, it’s essential victims know what to do immediately after suffering a slip or fall.
If the slip and fall accident occurs in a privately owned area such as a grocery store, gas station, office building, or mall, get medical attention, advises Rotondo. He also says it’s essential to fill out an accident report, documenting injuries, the circumstances surrounding the slip or fall, conditions, eyewitness accounts, and any discussions that occurred immediately after the accident. Accident reports are an important first step in the legal process, and can help establish negligence. It’s also important to take pictures of the spot where the slip or fall occurred and preserve the shoes and clothing worn at the time of the accident, according to Rotondo.
“If the slip or occurs in a public area such as a sidewalk, roadway, park, or other open area, contact a personal injury lawyer immediately, as there may be a 10-day notice requirement depending upon where the accident occurred,” Rotondo adds. “If the accident took place on a homeowner’s property, limit all communication, call for immediate treatment, and take notes. A victim has to be their own detective and collect as much evidence as possible to help determine who’s to blame.”
Depending on how severe the injuries are, the experts at Rotondo Law Firm recommend that the victim visits a doctor as soon as possible to treat and document any injuries. Certain injuries associated with slips and falls may not surface for days, weeks, or even months after the incident, while some injuries can last for an indeterminate amount of time and significantly impact one’s quality of life and earnings potential. On top of that, a doctor’s note is proof the injury is real and a result of the accident in question. Those who wait too long to visit a doctor could have a difficult time proving the injuries were a result of a particular slip and fall accident.
“If you've been the victim of a serious slip and fall accident in the GTA, call an experienced personal injury lawyer before you talk to anyone else,” Rotondo observes. “Dealing with an insurance company or property owner or signing any documents before talking to a personal injury lawyer could mean giving up your rights to being compensated for pain and suffering, costly medical bills, and lost wages.”
Rotondo Law Firm is conveniently located in the heart of downtown Toronto, providing personal injury law services to clients since 1999. Over the last 14 years, Rotondo Law Firm has been providing its clients with the highest level of legal service, spanning many areas of personal injury law, including trip and fall accidents; motor vehicle, pedestrian, motorcycle, and bicycle accidents; brain injuries; air flight accidents; accident benefit claims; and wrongful dismissal claims. Whether their clients have been injured in a car accident, are owed compensation from insurance, or have been wrongfully dismissed, Rotondo Law Firm will work diligently to ensure they receive the settlement they deserve.
More information on Rotondo Law Firm is available by visiting the firm's web site at http://www.RotondoLaw.com or by calling 416-868-0900.