A slip and fall accident can happen anywhere and at any time. They are stressful events that can cause serious injury. Property owners have a duty to keep their premises in a safe and well-maintained condition. If you slip and fall as the result of a property owner’s negligence, you may be entitled to compensation. In order to preserve your claim and to get the best possible outcome, there are some steps you should take after a slip and fall accident.
Inspect the Area
Look around the area where the fall occurred. Do you notice what caused your fall? Were the floors slippery? Was the carpet torn? Was there a crack in the sidewalk? Were there any witnesses? All of this information is important to create a complete picture of the incident. If you are able, take pictures of the area and the dangerous condition. It is important to have this documented because the property owner may fix the condition immediately after your fall.
Get Medical Attention
Your health should always be your number one priority. Even if you feel like you weren’t seriously injured as a result of the fall, you should still be checked out by the doctor. The adrenaline from the incident can mask the symptoms of an injury, and sometimes injuries don’t immediately present themselves. You should have your injuries and any treatment documented. Make sure to attend all follow-up appointments and any physical therapy sessions prescribed by your doctor.
Tell Someone About the Accident
If you have fallen at a business or other type of property, inform someone of the incident as soon as it happens. Notify the store manager or another employee and have them prepare an incident report. Keep conversation with the manager or property owner limited but make sure they know what happened.
Get the name and contact information of any witnesses to the incident. You should also get the names of any business employees you speak to. If you’re not sure who owns the property, try and get that information as well.
Contact a Personal Injury Attorney
Slip and fall accident claims can be complicated, and it’s important to have your case evaluated by an experienced personal injury attorney. The attorneys at Abrahamson & Uiterwyk have over 30 years of experience helping Floridians injured due to the negligence of property owners. Contact us onlineor call us at 1-800-753-5203 to set up your free consultation today.