5 Steps To Take After Being in a
Slip and Fall Accident
As cold weather comes in, the number of people who injure themselves on ice unfortunately only goes up.
Were you recently in a slip and fall accident? Were you injured? Did it happen at the workplace or somewhere public and you may need to file a claim?
If you answered yes to even one of these questions, there are steps you need to take to protect yourself and prepare for what could be coming next.
Here are 5 steps to take.
1. Seek Medical Treatment
Whether you're reading this seconds after an injury or it's been a few days, the first step is to get medical attention. Lots of thoughts and information may be swirling through your head, but make sure you or a loved one is okay first.
Seeing a doctor right away is also crucial if you plan to possibly file a claim or speak to a slip and fall accident lawyer. Proper documentation right after the accident will be used in your claim to help you seek financial compensation.
Here's where you can learn more about that process.
2. Gather Eyewitnesses
If someone saw you slip and fall, collect their information. Ask them kindly (but firmly) to stay so that you can file a report. Otherwise, it could wind up being a he-said-she-said situation.
Collect information to get in touch with these people: phone numbers, emails, and addresses. This will all be important later.
3. Report The Incident
It doesn't matter where you fell—at work, in front of your apartment complex, or at a mall while doing some winter shopping. Filing a report after the incident takes place is also crucial both in the short and long-term.
Reporting an incident creates a tangible copy of what happened. You and the tenant or owner of the property both have a written account.
It also gives you a read on how handling this process might be. If the person is angry or dismissive of your claim or refuses to write down a report, you know you may have a problem on your hand if you file a claim.
4. Organize Your Documents
As you go through the process of a slip and fall claim, you'll no doubt accumulate a lot of paper. Medical records, eyewitness information, and insurance papers are just some examples.
Get a binder or a large folder and organize this information. Personal injury attorneys see lots of clients—there are generally more than 400,000 claims filed each year— so the more organized you are, the faster they'll be able to get the ball rolling on your claim.
5. Pursue Your Claim
Don't let an aggressive tenant or a doubting friend keep you from pursuing your claim. If you were injured in a slip and fall accident and believe it's someone else's fault, you can and should follow through with it.
Slip and Fall Accidents
When the cold weather comes, slip and fall accidents do become more common. But if you were injured due to negligence or another reason that isn't your fault, you could be entitled to a personal injury claim and financial compensation.
Take these steps to get the ball rolling with your claim. It'll be a process, but it's what you deserve if you were hurt.
For more tips on personal health and guides like this one, check out the rest of our blog!