What Should You Do After A Trip/Slip And Fall Accident?
This guide will provide you with some basic information on the steps that you should take after you are involved in a trip or slip and fall type accident. Be sure to read to the end!
Take Pictures of Where You FellThe first thing you should do, after you make sure you are okay, is take pictures of what caused you to fall. In slip and fall cases, substances, such as spilled liquids or ice, can be cleaned or removed. For that reason, it is incredibly important to make sure you document what caused you to fall by taking pictures. Save these pictures by emailing them to yourself or sending them in a text message to a trusted friend in addition to saving them on your phone. You want to be sure that you have these pictures for your attorney to review your case later on.
Create An Incident ReportIf your fall occurred at a commercial property, our outside in front of a commercial property, such as a bank, retail store, or shopping mall, you need to find someone who works at the store/property and ask to create an incident report. Be sure to write down exactly what happened, noti9ng what caused your fall and what parts of your body are hurting.
Ask The Property Owner To Save Pictures And Video From Surveillance CamerasThis is crucial. If there are security cameras in the area where you fell, you must ask the property owner to save the videos and pictures from the security cameras showing how you fell. Be sure to do this in writing, too. Many time, property owners delete this footage and if the case goes to trial, the Court can punish the property owner for not preserving the videos.
Be sure to save the email, text message, or letter where you ask the property owner to save a copy of the video. This will be crucial evidence in your case at trial.
Go To A DoctorIf you are hurt, you must get to a doctor and document what is injured. Your health is the single most important thing and the only way you will get back to where you were before the fall, if that is possible, is to go to a doctor and listen to their advice.
Call A Personal Injury AttorneyAfter you have done each of the above steps, call a personal injury attorney right away. An experienced personal injury attorney will be able to guide you through the entire claims process and ensure you receive the best care possible to recover for your injuries. You may be entitled to lost wages, value for your car, and pain and suffering as a result of being injured.
A person who has an experienced personal injury attorney representing them with a claim will recover significantly more money than someone who tries to handle the claim on his or herself. For this reason, you must contact a personal injury attorney right away.