You could be anywhere, at work, at the store, at a sporting event, visiting a friend, when you suddenly fall to the ground and become seriously injured. A slip and fall accident can be embarrassing and stressful. It’s easy to forget what to do. There are some important things that you should avoid doing after a slip and fall accident that could have an impact on any claim you may have for your injuries.
Fail to Report the Accident to a Manager
You may want to forget the whole thing happened and simply leave the area. However, if you have been involved in a slip and fall accident, it is important to inform a manager or property owner about what happened. This report should be made immediately, and you should be sure to get a copy of any incident report prepared by the manager.
Say I’m Sorry
It’s human instinct to reflexively say “I’m sorry” even when something is not your fault. Resist the urge to apologize.
Ignore Any Witnesses
If you’ve fallen in a public place, chances are there were eyewitnesses to your accident. Gather the names and contact information of any witnesses so that statements can be obtained from them later.
Leave the Scene Without Collecting Evidence
Before you leave the scene, make sure you take pictures of the area where your slip and fall occurred. It is important to get pictures of the condition that caused your fall. Was there a spill on the floor, torn carpeting, uneven flooring, or debris? Make sure to document the condition.
Skip the Doctor Visit
It is important to see a doctor after your slip and fall even if you’re not sure if you’ve been seriously injured. Even if you only have slight pain, you should still see your doctor as the adrenaline of your accident may be masking a serious injury. In addition, some injuries don’t present themselves right away, and it’s important to have a medical professional make the determination that you’re not injured.
Fail to Contact a Tampa Bay Slip and Fall Accident Attorney
If you’ve been injured in a slip and fall accident, it is important to remember that the insurance company is not on your side. You should consider consulting with an experienced slip and fall attorney. The attorneys at Abrahamson & Uiterwyk have been representing slip and fall accident victims for over 30 years. Contact us online or call us at 800-753-5203 to set up your free consultation today.