If you are involved in a slip and fall incident at a business or on someone else’s premises, you may not be sure what to do in the immediate aftermath. If your incident is caused by the negligence of the property owner, you may be entitled to compensation. Your actions right after a fall can have a huge impact on any future legal action you decide to take. Follow the steps described below to protect yourself and your interests in the event of a slip and fall injury.
A fall, especially if it results in injury, can be disorienting and frightening. Do your best to keep your wits about you, because your actions immediately after a fall are very important. Observe and listen to everything you can. Report the incident to the owner or manager and fill out an incident report if necessary. Make sure to get a copy of this report for your own records if one is completed. Don’t say too much or speculate about the cause of the fall right away.
Take pictures of the place where you fell and the surrounding area. Make sure to get photos of any conditions that may have contributed to your fall such as water, ice, loose carpet, broken fixtures, etc. These conditions may change shortly after your incident. You want to have documentation of exactly what the area looked like when you fell.
Get the names and contact information of any potential witnesses. If anyone saw you fall or observed the condition of the area where you fell, they may be able to corroborate your version of what happened in the event that you file a lawsuit.
Seek medical treatment immediately if you are injured, and make sure to keep any follow-up appointments recommended by your doctor. This creates a tangible record of your injuries and recovery, verified by an expert. Also make sure to take pictures of any visible injuries as soon as possible, such as bruises, cuts, or broken bones.
Don’t Say Too Much
After a slip and fall incident, you may be contacted by representatives from the property owner or insurance adjusters asking for a statement. You should be very careful what you say in these conversations. Any statement you give can be used against you in a future lawsuit. The best course of action is to say as little as possible. Do not downplay your injuries or excuse the owner of fault or negligence.
Contact a Lawyer
Business owners and insurance companies will certainly have lawyers working to protect their interests. You should have an attorney on your side as well. Personal injury lawyers have a lot of experience dealing with insurance companies and business owners and will work hard to protect your interests. If you speak to an attorney before giving any statements to other parties, you protect yourself from being taken advantage of.
If you’ve been injured in a slip and fall incident, contact Geoff McDonald and Associates for a free, no-obligation evaluation of your case at (804) 888-8888.