A slip and fall accident can be very serious. Not only can it leave you in physical pain, it can also leave you out of work for some time with medical bills which lead to debt. It is important for you to know what to do after a slip and fall injury to protect your interests so that you get the compensation that you deserve.
After a slip and fall accident, it is important to get medical attention right away. Most importantly, you need to be checked out to make sure that you are going to be alright. It is important that your injuries are fully documented by a health professional. This will be important if you are going to be compensated for your medical bills and pain and suffering.
Report the Accident
Immediately after falling, it is important to notify the person whose property you fell on. If you fell on a store’s property, you need to report your accident to the store manager. If you fell on someone’s property, you must report the incident to either the homeowner or the landlord. If you have been injured and require transportation from an ambulance to the hospital, you should make sure that the medical personnel has reported the accident. After you are done being treated in the hospital, you should contact the property owner or store manager and be sure that they have been made aware. You should also ask if you can go down and pick up a copy of the incident report.
After a slip and fall accident, you should take photos of the exact location where you fell. You need to get the conditions which caused you to fall in the photo. These photographs are very important when trying to prove that the property owner was to blame for your accident. It is smart to get these photos right away. If you fell on an icy, untreated sidewalk, you want to get the photos before the property owner can shovel some salt over the ice. If you have no photos that can prove that the negligence of the property owner contributed to your fall, you may not get the compensation that you deserve.
If there were any witnesses to your fall, it is important to get their names, addresses, and phone numbers. These people are potential witnesses in case you end up in court.
It is also a good idea to keep the shoes and clothing that you were wearing when you fell in a safe place. These items may be evidence that you will need in court.
Contact an Attorney
It is necessary after you are injured in a slip and fall accident to contact an attorney. You do not want to speak to any insurance companies or sign any papers until you speak to someone. Many insurance companies will offer to cover you medical bills and will have you sign a form stating that you will not file any further claims against them. If you do this, you are giving up your right to compensation for pain and suffering and lost wages. An attorney will make sure that you get all of the compensation that you are due.
A slip and fall accident can be a painful and traumatizing accident. Knowing what to do after you fall can ensure that you get the compensation that you deserve.