If you or a loved one slipped and fell in a store, apartment, a city property or street and were injured, if possible at the time of the incident try to take photographs of the exact spot that caused you to fall and anything that could of contributed to the dangerous condition. For example, if there was a wet spot on the store floor, look around to see if there is a leak perhaps from a freezer, broken bottle or perhaps an ac unit dripping from the ceiling from condensation. Also, report the incident to the manager of a store and get there name. If you were injured, get to the closest emergency room immediately. Also, if you see any witnesses try to get there contact information as well. Finally, call an attorney for an appointment immediately as every day that goes by could effect the case.
Often times a client can win or lose there case due to the doctors they are seeing and the tests that are or are not done. If for example a person has severe back pain and just goes to a primary care doctor and all that doctor does is provide pain medications, most likely the chances of winning will not be great. If however, a client goes to a primary doctor and then gets referred to specialists and gets all the proper testing to prove that their is in fact a severe medical condition that effects work ability, the chances of winning will increase. For example, if you have a severe back injury, make sure you get to an orthopedic get an MRI and possibly an EMG (if you have numbness and tinglining in arms or legs).
If you have a severe mental issue on the other hand, get and stay in mental health treatment if you have not yet done so. Make sure you are telling your therapist andpsychiatrist or psychologist all of your mental issues and the reason you have them.
Often times a person is afraid to tell the doctor all of there symptoms in the fear it can create a new problem. If your symptoms are not documented in the medical records, it is like a tree falling in the woods when no one is around…no one hears it so it is almost like it never happened. If your symptoms are not well documented in the medical evidence, most often you don’t have those symptoms in the eyes of the judge and your chances of winning may decrease as a result.
If you have any questions, feel free to call me.
Marc Shipon, Esq.