According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), over 800,000 patients a year are hospitalized for a fall injury. Slip and falls can cause serious injuries such as bone fractures and head injuries and should be taken seriously. If your slip and fall accident was caused by someone’s negligence, you must make sure that you take the proper steps to preserve your rights.
Seek Medical Attention
If you’ve been injured in a slip and fall accident, it is very important that you receive medical attention as soon as possible. Many slip and fall accidents may seem minor, but you could have injuries that don’t appear right away. In addition, if you have broken bones, a head injury, or serious bruising, you want to make sure these conditions are documented and treated right away.
Report Your Accident
If your slip and fall occurred at a business, you would probably need to contact the manager and file an incident report. Make sure the business is aware of your accident immediately. If anyone from the business makes a comment that similar accidents have happened before, or that they were aware of the dangerous condition, make sure you get that person’s name.
Get Information from Witnesses
Write down the names and contact information for any witnesses on the scene. Include people who were there when you fell, as well as people who showed up after the incident. Witnesses may be able to describe the scene where you fell and the dangerous condition that caused your injury.
Take Photos of the Scene
While it might not be possible, you should do your best to take pictures of the scene. If you aren’t able to do so because of your injuries, try and find someone else who will. It is likely that the property owner will attempt to fix the dangerous condition, so it’s important to take pictures as soon as possible.
Don’t Give a Statement
In the period of time shortly after your slip and fall, you may be contacted by insurance adjusters or attorneys from the property owner or business. Remember that these people do not work for you, they work for the property owner and their job is to pay you as little as possible. While you don’t need to be combative, you should decline to give a statement until you’ve spoken with an attorney on your side.
Contact an Experienced Personal Injury Attorney
One of the most important things you can do after a slip and fall incident is to contact an experienced attorney. Contact the trusted lawyers at Abrahamson & Uiterwyk online or call us at 1-800-753-5203 to schedule your free consultation.