If you’re hurt in a slip and fall accident, you may feel overwhelmed by your injuries and medical bills. If you cannot work it’s common to feel anxious about losing income.
If you feel this way, you are not alone. According to the National Floor Safety Institute, over one million people get treated in ERs each year because of slip and fall accidents. If you’ve been injured after a slip and fall incident, consider these important tips.
Don’t Tough It Out- Get Medical Treatment If You’ve Been Hurt
After a slip and fall accident, the first thing you should do is seek medical attention to address you injuries. Just like a car accident, your injuries may not be immediately apparent because of shock or other factors. Pay close attention to your body and your symptoms and do not delay seeking medical treatment if you are hurt in any way.
Report the Incident
If you’re able, you should report your slip and fall to the owner of the premise or the manager of the property as close in time to your fall as possible. Provide as much detail as you can about what caused you to slip. Ask for a copy of any report you make.
Document the Area and Conditions
If your injuries do not prevent you from doing this, try to document the scene. If you are unable to do this because of an injury, and have someone with you, ask them to help if possible. Pay close attention if you can to things like the condition of the floor or mats, the weather, and any other tripping hazards.
Take Pictures of Your Injuries
If you have injuries that are visible, document those injuries by taking photographs.
Limit Your Communication About Your Injury
Try to discuss your injuries with a limited number of people: your medical providers, your attorney, and your close family if necessary. Avoid discussing the incident or your injuries on social media.
Consulting with an Attorney
If you have been injured, it is always best to talk to an experienced personal injury attorney as soon as possible so that a lawyer can help you understand all of the important time limits that may impact your ability to pursue compensation. Contact our personal injury attorneys to schedule a consultation to discuss your case.