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How Long Do You Have to Go to the Doctor after a Slip and Fall?

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Slip and falls cause a variety of injuries, some of which can be difficult to properly diagnose. If you have fallen and have injured yourself in a public building, a store, or on private property, it is always advisable to a doctor as soon as possible. Doing so preserves critical evidence for your case and may help support any claim for compensation that you eventually might make.

But how long do you have to go to the doctor after a slip and fall?  It depends on how seriously you believe you are injured, however, if you do believe that you are seriously injured it is always best to go to the doctor as soon as possible. 

Under Colorado premises liability law, a landowner must use reasonable care to keep property safe for visitors and protect against foreseeable dangers on his property in order to protect those he might reasonably expect to come onto the property.  Any failure to do so can result in civil liability for the property owner if someone is lawfully on his property and is injured as a result of his failure to use reasonable care to protect against known or foreseeable dangers and conditions on his property.  

Why Going to a Doctor is Important

First and foremost it is important for anyone who has been injured to be evaluate by a medical professional and determine the full extent of the injuries that have been sustained and the type and duration of treatment that will be needed.  The medical professional will also document the examination which will be important down the line if a personal injury claim is ultimately presented.  

What Happens if You Don’t Visit a Doctor or Delay in Seeing a Doctor?

Although it’s not unusual for people to delay seeing a medical professional, in the event you delay going to see a medical professional, the defendant or its insurance company will almost always argue later on that your injuries were not serious or were caused by something other than the slip and fall. Maybe you went snowboarding and fell and that really caused your injuries. Or you were involved in a car accident or tripped over a curb.

If a defendant can cast doubt on whether they are to blame for your fall or your injuries, they will almost always do just that.

Keep Up with Your Treatments & Call Us

Accident victims also need to remember to follow their doctor’s orders. If a doctor wants you to go to rehab for 4 months, go the full 4 months. If you don’t, then the defendant could argue you have made your condition worse, or perhaps that you fully recovered, and neither one of those may be true.  

At McCormick & Murphy, P.C. we have extensive experience obtaining compensation for slip and fall victims. Contact us today to speak with one of our attorneys.

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