Slips and falls accidents have the tendency to be extremely costly. In fact, according to the National Floor Safety Institute, injuries due to falls are the number one cause of injury and cost an estimated $13 million per year. If you fell as a result of someone else’s negligence, you could be entitled to compensation. Immediately following a slip and fall accident, there are a few important things you need to do in order to prove that the property owner was a fault for your injuries.
Seek Medical Attention
Many of the injuries that occur when you slip, and fall are relatively minor. However, broken bones, internal injuries, and head trauma are not uncommon, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. It is extremely important to seek medical attention as soon as possible after the accident to not only keep you out of immediate peril, but to obtain, in writing, a professional diagnosis of the initial injuries you sustained from the accident.
Inspect the Area
Slip and fall accidents often occur for a reason. Look around the area where the accident occurred for the potential cause. This could include loose carpet, snow, ice, uneven concrete, and spilled food, among others. Write down what you see as well as your version of the accident as soon as you are able. This could be a valuable tool for your injury law attorneys case and could be presented in court as evidence.
Write down the names, phone numbers, and addresses of anyone who were in the vicinity where the accident occurred. Include both those who saw the accident, and those who were there after the accident. If the landowner disputes your claim, you’ll need them to act as witnesses on your behalf. Even those who didn’t see you fall can attest to your pain and the conditions of the area immediately after the incident.
Follow Necessary Procedure
If your accident happened in a store or place of business, then you need to notify the manager and may have to fill out a report. Don’t try to resolve the issue in the store, but make sure that the store is aware of the incident immediately. If anyone associated with the property makes a comment that suggests that this has happened before or that they were aware of the condition before your fall, be sure to make a mental note. If possible, get the name of the person who made the comment and write it down as soon as you can, making note if there was anyone else who heard the comment.
You should try to take photos of the scene as soon as possible before the conditions change. If you don’t get photos, it’s almost guaranteed that the property owner will, leaving you at the mercy of their version of events. Even if the condition is permanent or semi-permanent, have someone take pictures of the area so that a record of the conditions can be made.
If you’ve been injured in a slip and fall accident, the best thing you can do is seek immediate medical help and then contact a qualified slip and fall attorney. An experienced attorney will know how best to handle your case and will fight to get you the compensation you deserve.
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