When you slip and fall in a store or end up in the hospital as a result of a defective product, the world around you can seem a bit hectic. The store manager is trying to minimize your injury and get a statement from you that will absolve the store of liability. The manufacturer or seller of the product will try to make it you think it's your fault. Don't let these self-preservation tactics fool you; that's just what they're hoping for. Instead, realize that even if you played some role in causing your injury (i.e. you weren't looking where you were going when you slipped), the store, seller, or manufacturer likely played a role as well. And they should be held accountable. But how do you make sure you obtain a recovery?
First, get treated. Your priority needs to be your health. Whatever injury you sustain needs to be diagnosed and treated by a physician. Be sure you tell the medical professionals each symptom you experience and when each symptom began. As your treatment progresses, continue describing each symptom in detail. Also, be sure you follow your doctor's instructions. If your doctor says to come back in a week for follow-up, go back in a week. If your doctor refers you for surgery or physical therapy, be sure you follow through. This is important for both your health and your potential claim. If you don't follow your doctor's advice, you won't heal, and any defendant will use that against you.
Second, keep track of your symptoms. In addition to letting your doctor know how your injuries are progressing, keep your own journal. Does your back hurt more in the morning when you wake up? Write that down. Are there things you can no longer do? Keep track of those things, especially if you've had to bring in someone else to do those things for you. If your injury has impacted your relationship with your spouse or your children, be sure to have them document that as well.
Third, document your expenses. You want to keep all your bills, receipts, and other documents showing the money you either had to pay or will have to pay as a result of your injury. This includes medical expenses as well as expenses hiring others to do things for you around your home.
Fourth, track your time missed at work. Are you able to return to work immediately after your injury? If not, then you may be entitled to recover your lost wages. If you are permanently unable to return to work, then your lost wages will be substantial. Is your employer able to provide you with a different position that accommodates your limitations? Is this for a reduced wage? Keep track of each of these changes in your ability to work.
All of this information will be helpful to your attorney in pursuing your claim.
If you or someone you know was injured or even killed as a result of the carelessness of others, please call The Law Office of Michelle Cohen Levy, P.A. to receive a free no obligation consultation.
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