What should you do after a slip and fall accident? If you’ve been involved in a slip and fall accident, you need to get medical help as soon as possible. Your health should be your No. 1 priority. Additionally, you need to, if you plan on presenting a claim for that type of accident, you need to have your injuries documented and you need the medical documentation to support your injuries in order to receive compensation for the medical treatment. You need to immediately report the accident to either the store manager or the landlord or the homeowner or someone in charge of the facility or place where you fell.
If you fell in a business or on a rental property, the manager there or landlord should take a report of the accident. If you’re busy being treated by emergency medical personnel or an ambulance, you need to call back to the place where your fall occurred and make sure that they record it and that they fill out some type of accident report. It’s suggested that you get a copy of the slip and fall accident report before you leave the scene if that’s possible.
If you slip or trip and fall on a homeowner’s property, you need to limit how much you talk to them. You can certainly tell them that you fell. Try not to get emotional or angry and try to avoid arguing. Again, the most important thing is getting treatment for your injuries. If you can, or a friend or family member can, take photos of the exact location where you fell or any of the conditions that contributed to or caused your slip and fall. You need to be able to take notes or recollect the conditions at the time that it happened. Photos are very helpful in determining who’s responsible and what actual condition caused your injuries or caused you to fall.
For example, a homeowner could shovel or salt his or her sidewalk within hours of his or her slip and fall. If there are no photos, you won’t be able to prove the condition of the area at the time it actually occurred. Other things to do after a slip and fall include collecting the names, addresses, and phone numbers of any witnesses, placing the shoes or clothing that you were wearing at the time of the accident in a safe place. Make sure that after a slip and fall accident you speak with an attorney before you talk to an insurance company or sign any paperwork presented to you, otherwise you may give up your rights to be compensated. A lot of insurance companies offer to pay your medical bills and ask you to sign papers so that they will prevent any claim from occurring.