Unfortunately, many people will experience a slip and fall accident at some point in their lives, and it’s typically through no fault of the injured party. The reality is that these accidents can happen to anyone, anywhere, and knowing what to do afterward should always involve seeking immediate medical attention followed by a consultation with a personal injury law attorney. Here’s a detailed look at what you should do following a slip and fall injury.
Seek medical attention
Your health, or the health of your loved one, is the most important concern immediately after an injury due to a slip, trip or fall. See a doctor right away so your injuries can be properly treated and documented. Medical records are significant pieces of evidence if you seek financial compensation in court.
Gather witness information
You should document the names, addresses and phone numbers of all potential witnesses at the scene of the incident. If you decide to pursue a legal claim, their statement can prove invaluable for supporting your case.
It’s recommended that you take pictures of the precise location where you fell. Photograph the conditions of the surrounding area, as they may contain information regarding what contributed to your fall. Stairs, uneven sidewalks, icy patches or spills nearby should be documented in pictures. Write down all other relevant details, including the exact time and date of the incident and any other information you deem relevant.
File a report
No matter if the slip and fall occurred in a store, on a sidewalk or at a friend’s property, you need to report the incident to the relevant manager or property owner. Ask these people to document the incident in the form of a written report and take a copy before you leave.
Do not give statements
Directly after a slip and fall incident, you should remain calm and gather relevant information. It’s wise to limit your communication with the manager or property owner on the premises, and always refrain from posting information about the incident on social media. If you’re contacted by an insurance company, never give a statement until you’ve spoken to a personal injury lawyer. Don’t place blame on any party, but at the same time, don’t assume blame yourself.
Retain an experienced attorney
If you’re considering legal action for your slip and fall accident, the attorney you choose to represent you can make all the difference in winning your claim. Many slip and fall cases are difficult to prove, but an experienced personal injury lawyer can guide you on the best way to approach your unique situation. Do your research and choose an attorney who has a successful track record when it comes to representing slip and fall clients.
Personal injury law, including slip and fall cases, can be very complex. Don’t hesitate to seek legal help if you feel you may have a claim against a property owner for your injuries. Reach out to Ruben J. Padron, PA today. We’ll be happy to discuss the details of your case with you and help you determine the best way to proceed.
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