Slips, trips, and falls can lead to severe injuries. While most of these accidents usually only result in minor bumps and bruises, they can also lead to head injuries, broken bones, and severe lacerations.
When you’ve been involved in a slip and fall accident, do you know what to do? Read on to learn what we would recommend after this type of incident.
1. Get medical care.
Your health should always be the first thing on your mind after any type of accident, whether it’s a fall or an auto collision. If you need help, you should get it.
Even if you don’t think you are hurt “that” badly, it’s a good idea to see a doctor for a full examination. Your doctor will be able to determine if you have more serious internal injuries, such as cracked ribs or a head injury, that might not be as obvious.
2. Report the incident.
You should let the property owner know about the incident on their property as soon as you can after the accident. If you slipped on commercial property, you should get the accident report in writing from the manager or property owner. That way, you can ensure that they wrote down the details of your incident correctly and you have the report for your records.
3. Collect witness information.
In many situations, there are witnesses to a slip and fall injury. These individuals could be friends and family, or they could be other customers at the business location. If you can, try to get witnesses’ information so you can talk to them later about what they saw. Your lawyer will also be able to speak with witnesses to gather information and ask if they will testify on your behalf in your case as well.
4. Gather additional evidence.
Taking photos of the location where you fell can be very helpful. If you slipped on water or another substance, you might not be able to get a picture of the material before it’s cleaned up. In situations that involve other hazards on the floor, such as uneven flooring or poorly maintained carpeting, you are more likely to be able to get a picture.
5. Keep notes on the incident and your treatment.
Jot down everything you remember about the incident as soon as you can after the accident. Your memory will fade over time and writing things down now will help you recall the event down the road. If you are in a litigated case, it can take years for your situation to get before a judge or jury, and you want to be sure you remember the details during that entire process.
It’s also a good idea to keep notes about your treatment and recovery. Your medical records will help jog your memory, but writing down how you are feeling at certain points in your treatment process can also be very beneficial.
6. Call Jack R. Sturgill, Attorney at Law.
It’s also a good idea to involve a lawyer as soon as possible after the incident. Attorney Sturgill can help you gather evidence, preserve your claim, and work with an insurance company. Call 410-296-6485 to learn more.