Businesses will do their best to prevent slip and fall accidents. They will attempt to keep the premises safe by implementing cleaning schedules, safety protocols, and more. However, accidents can still happen. A minor lapse in judgment can sometimes lead to severe injuries for victims. Gas stations are among the last places anyone expects to be involved in a slip and fall. Most visits to Wawa are uneventful, but some are not. If you suffer injuries at a Wawa, you must speak to our personal injury attorney.
File an accident report
The first step in getting justice and compensation for your slip and fall is to file an accident report. You should only do this if your injuries allow you to. Speak with a manager so they can immediately complete the report. Try to do this while you are at the scene instead of leaving and coming back. When filing the report, do not try to downplay your injuries. Victims often say that injuries are minor without getting a medical evaluation. This can hurt your case later.
Another critical step is to gather evidence. You must take pictures of your surroundings. If there are witnesses, you should get their contact information. You should also alert staff and get their name and information. All of this can help build your case. Wawa insurers will also review any evidence you provide when assessing whether to deny or accept your claim. The more solid your proof is, the likelier you will have a successful case.
Your health is a top priority, and you must be treated for your injuries. This step is crucial for your injury claim. Even if you believe you do not have substantial injuries, you should still get a medical evaluation. Slip and fall injuries can seem minor at first and later end in permanent injuries. Medical professionals can sometimes uncover underlying injuries or trauma you might not be aware of. Their medical diagnosis will also help with establishing liability for your injury claim.
Take legal action against Wawa
It is important that new drivers don’t follow other vehicles too closely. Always make sure that you have enough space between you and the car in front of you, in case you need to suddenly brake and stop to avoid getting into a car accident. You should always follow at a safe distance; however, the safe distance number can vary according to the vehicle and whether it’s a city or a highway.
- Drafting and sending a demand letter
- Demanding compensation through a summons or court complaint
- The discovery process
- Attending court to review the evidence and other relevant information
- Negotiating a settlement
- Attending trial
- Presenting arguments to the jury
You can achieve a successful outcome at any step in this process. While we go through each step, we will continue to work with the insurance company toward a settlement. The more evidence we provide, the more willing they can be to settle. Once you settle, you will collect your payment. Not all of these steps will be necessary. A Wawa slip-and-fall accident lawyer can guide you through each step.
When assessing your injury claim, we must determine case worth. There are average payouts for slip and fall cases, but you must get an individual assessment. Average payouts can be anywhere from $10,000 to $50,000, but your payout will depend on individual factors. Some items you can get compensation for include:
- Pain and suffering
- Medical expenses, including future estimated losses
- Loss of earning capacity
- Property damage
- Lost wages
- Loss of benefits
You should wait until you reach maximum medical improvement before accepting a settlement. When an offer comes in, our Wawa slip and fall accident attorney will review it with you. The decision is yours, but remember, you cannot ask for more once you accept.
Speak to Kwartler Manus, LLC
Businesses are legally required to maintain their property. They should prevent any hazards and ensure guests are safe. When they fail in their duties, you can recover financial compensation. You might have different legal options depending on the circumstances of your case. Many hazards can be behind a slip and fall at a Wawa gas station. Regardless of your injury or how it happened, you must get medical care and legal assistance. Call Kwartler Manus, LLC at (267) 996-9370 for an initial consultation.