A slip and fall can happen to anyone at any time. Whether you are at home or out in public, there’s always a chance of a fall. Regardless of how it happened, there are steps to take after such incidents.
The following is an overview of the first five things you should do after a slip and fall accident:
1. Seek medical attention
A slip and fall accident can lead to serious injuries. These injuries can be anything from sprains and bruises to fractures or even worse.
If you have been injured in a slip and fall accident, seek medical attention immediately. You may not know how serious your injuries are after an accident till you see a medical practitioner.
Make sure you attend all of your follow-up medical appointments to get the full benefits of your injuries claim. If you don’t attend all medical appointments, insurers will assume your injuries are not serious.
2. Determine the cause of the slip and fall
Almost every slip and fall accident is the result of someone else’s negligence. This could be a landlord not properly maintaining properties or an owner of a property not taking care of dangerous surfaces. The list goes on and on.
It is important to seek justice against those responsible for your injuries.
Take a moment to analyze what caused the accident in the first place. If you were at a mall and walked on a wet floor, but no one posted a sign, then you fell as a result of negligence on the store’s part.
You have every right to file a lawsuit against them.
3. Report the accident to the authorities
When you’ve been hurt as a result of someone else’s negligence, it’s important to take the matter seriously. You should always report any accidents that result in injuries or property damage to the appropriate authorities. This can help identify negligent parties and make sure that they are held accountable for their actions.
Also, ensure you report the accident to the manager of the property.
4. Gather relevant information
It’s of vital importance to document the contact information (names, phone numbers, addresses, and email addresses) of all witnesses. By doing this, you can piece together all the details that could prove your case against the negligent party.
The documented information will be useful when deciding on how to file a lawsuit against them.
It is also a good idea to take pictures of anything that may have played a part in your fall.
5. Contact a personal injury lawyer
A lawyer will help determine if you have a case as well as help with pursuing compensation for medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering.
Most insurance companies will do whatever it takes to avoid settling claims for injuries and damages related to slip-and-fall injuries; including blaming the injuries on the claimants.
The longer you wait to act, the more likely an insurance company will take advantage of your situation.
Take action now by getting in touch with us. We can help you get fair compensation without stress. Contact LIONSGATE LAW GROUP, APC today at 800-454-5299 for a free consultation.