Here are the 5 steps to take immediately after a slip and fall accident:
1. Seek Medical Treatment
If you are ever injured in a slip and fall accident, the first thing you need to do is seek medical attention.
Even if you don't feel injured, you should still see a doctor so you can be sure.
Every day you are injured that you don't see a doctor will reduce the value of your slip and fall case.
Juries or insurance companies will argue that if you were injured due to the slip and fall, you would've seen a doctor right away.
2. Look Around
Why did you fall? Was there something in your way that shouldn't have been? Was there a liquid on the floor? Was the space too crowded?
These are all questions you need to ask yourself as soon as you've gotten your bearings after the fall.
The best time, and sometimes the only time to figure out why you fell, is immediately after your slip and fall accident.
Look around you.
If there is something obvious that helps you pinpoint the cause of your fall, you can work backward to try t figure what, and if anything could have been done to prevent your fall from occurring.
3. Document Everything
Collect names, addresses, phone numbers, and email addresses for all potential witnesses.
Witness statements can help prove your claim if you decide to pursue one.
Take pictures of the exact location of the fall as soon as you can after the fall.
Photograph any stairs, icy patches, liquids, obstructions, or any other conditions that could have contributed to your fall.
Make a note of what you were doing right before the accident, the way you fell, and any other details, including the time and date.
4. Report Your Accident To The Proper Authorities
Once you've inspected the scene and documented as much as you can, you need to report your accident to the proper authorities.
Determine if you fell on private or commercial property.
Also think about if there was anything you should have or could have done differently to prevent the fall, or if it was completely unavoidable.
If you were trespassing on private property, for example, you wouldn't have a leg to stand on.
On the other hand, if you were shopping at a local retail store and you slipped on a poorly maintained floor, you will likely be able to take your case to trial or reach a settlement.
If you know the accident wasn't your fault, the owner of the property will have to fill out an accident report.
5. Contact A Premises Liability Lawyer Near You
After you have an accident report, police report, and medical records in hand, it will still be the goal of the defendant to pay out as little as possible.
If you speak to the insurance companies, they can take what you say out of context or twist your words completely.
They could even claim you said something that you never said.
Insurance companies are in business to make money, and every dollar they pay to you is a loss.
So they will do everything they can to keep from paying you what you deserve.