What to Do After a Slip and Fall Injury
Slips, trips, and falls happen when we least expect them—while walking or going about our day-to-day business.
If you find yourself in a situation where you have slipped, tripped, or fallen, you can take steps to ensure your safety and hold the right people accountable for any injuries.
Take inventory of your injuries.
After you experience a slip, trip, or fall, your safety should always come first. Access your injuries and check for any pain you may be experiencing but remember to be cautious. Don't make any sudden movements. You don't want to aggravate any injuries you may have sustained. If you have pain or numbness in your back, stay still and wait for medical help to arrive. Check for any pain you may be experiencing.
Make Sure to Report the Incident.
An incident report about your slip, trip, or fall, is essential to building a strong case. Documentation is important. You'll want to ensure an official record of your accident's details. So make sure you tell authorities (a supervisor, manager, employer, or property owner). Make sure to obtain a copy of any documentation.
While it's true that an experienced slip and fall attorney will do a thorough investigation to build you a strong case, memories and injuries fade; that's why nothing beats recording the evidence when it's fresh. Being proactive and gathering evidence directly following your slip and fall accident gives your attorney a headstart as they build you the most solid case possible.
Here are a few ways you can gather evidence to help solidify your case:
Make sure to take pictures.
Use your phone or a camera to document your injuries, the hazard that caused the slip, fall, or trip, and any other details that will help illustrate the accident's specifics.
Write down the specifics of the case.
Describe the incident in your own words and record any pertinent details. Remember to document the date, time, location, and the names of anyone who spoke with you. Also, remember to get the names and contact information of anyone who witnesses the accident.
Seeing a doctor as soon as possible ensures that a medical professional can diagnose and treat your injuries. Seeing a doctor as quickly as possible will ensure that you don't further exasperate your injuries and provide further documentation for your case.
Ask for copies of any medical records related to your slip and fall injury.