Q: Last week, I fell in the supermarket. The store manager won’t even return my calls. What should I do?
A: First, did you file an incident report with the store immediately after the accident? It helps to have an official report documenting the incident. Also, make sure you know what caused you to fall. For the supermarket to be liable for your injuries, it has to have been negligent in some way. And if you have not already, consult an attorney.
Q: I was in a car accident last week and since I felt O.K. I didn’t go to the doctor. Now I can barely turn my neck, I’m getting headaches and I wake up really stiff. What can I do?
A: If you haven’t already reported the accident to the police and your insurance company, do so immediately. It’s very important to have an official record of what happened. As far as a delayed reaction to pain goes, that is very common, especially with soft tissue injuries. While minor injuries heal on their own, others do not and can get worse over time. That’s why it’s imperative to see a doctor who can assess your injuries and make certain that you get the appropriate treatment. It’s a good idea to consult with an attorney, who will ensure that you get the compensation you deserve for everything: the damage to your vehicle, lost wages, medical bill reimbursement and payment for pain and suffering.