What to do After a Slip and Fall
By Zac Pingle, Staff Writer
Slip and fall incidents are one of the leading causes of injury nationwide. According to the National Floor Safety Institute, slip and falls are responsible for the most visits to the emergency room nationwide. It is statistically likely that you will have a slip and fall at least once in your life. So, what do you do if you slip and fall?
The following steps outline procedures that you should take immediately following a slip and fall;
Seek Medical Attention.
Your health should always be a top concern after any accident. In addition to recovering from injuries earlier, seeking medical attention as soon as possible will help to prove that your injuries were as serious as you claim. Some injuries are not immediately apparent and can take weeks to discover, getting checked at a hospital will allow you to discover these injuries sooner. Avoid making any comments that could be viewed as an omission to fault or responsibility for the incident. Make sure to keep track of all medical documents and expenses, as these will later provide evidence for your claim.
File a report.
Try to file an accident report with the police if possible. If you cannot file a report with the police, file a report with the landlord or store owner before you leave. Your report should have eyewitness accounts (and their contact information) including your own account as to what happened. Never sign any form that the landlord, manager, or store owner gives you, these could be documents that waive your right to sue.
Take lots of photos.
The more documentation you have of the scene, the better. It is especially important to take photos as soon as you can while the scene is still fresh. Messes get cleaned, repairs get made, and people’s memories fade, which can make gathering evidence later on very difficult. Take photos of the exact place where you fell, things that may have caused you to fall, and the surrounding area. If your phone is dead or doesn’t have a camera, ask someone at the scene to take pictures and to send them to you.
Contact an experienced premises liability lawyer.
Premises liability lawyers are trained to handle slip and fall cases and have the knowledge and expertise to win you full compensation. A premises liability lawyer can prove that the condition that the owner knew or should have known about led to your injury. Thus, the owner is liable for your damages because of his lack of warning, or lack of action to fix the condition. Consultations with premises liability lawyers are free and will help you determine if your case is valid.