When you are injured due to someone’s negligence, it is important that you receive the compensation you deserve. At the minimum, you want to make sure the liable party pays any medical bills you incur. If you have lasting injuries or disability resulting from the accident, you deserve even further compensation. How you respond to a slip and fall accident will determine what compensation, if any, you are able to receive.
Attend to Your Needs First
The very first thing you should do in a slip and fall accident is attend to your own physical needs. If you have been severely injured and cannot stand on your own, an ambulance should be called. You should try not to move too much if you may have a back injury. You should also avoid putting weight on an injured limb or joint.
Your safety and health are of the utmost importance. If you are able to move, moving out of the hazardous area is a priority. If you are unable to move, make sure you have called for help, but that those who come to your assistance are careful and aware of the danger.
Reporting the Incident
If you are on someone else’s property and have a slip and fall accident, you need to immediately report the incident to the property owners or managers. Most companies have policies in place for the managers to follow in case of an accident. Making the report while you are waiting on medical attention is recommended, if you are able.
You will need to get some basic information while you are waiting for medical attention, or soon after receiving it. If you are unable to gather this information yourself, appoint someone who is with you to gather the necessary contact information for you.
You will want to make sure you get the name, title, and phone number of the person to whom you are reporting the accident. Get the names and contact information of any witnesses as well. It is also a good idea to take pictures of the hazard that caused your slip and fall, and any surrounding factors that prove negligence on the part of the property owner or managers.
If you have been the victim of a slip and fall accident, it is important to act quickly. Once you are medically stable, your next call should be to a qualified attorney to assist you. Contact us today for a consultation.