What To Do After A Slip & Fall Accident
A slip-and-fall accident can happen almost anywhere at any time. Something as simple as shopping at the grocery store or working out at the gym can lead to an unexpected slip and fall or trip and fall. Misplaced clothing racks, product spills, and uneven concrete are just a few of the hazards that can cause this type of accident. The most mundane routine activities sometimes end in a devastating injury due to a slip and fall accident. The financial hardship, loss of work, and emotional stress can leave victims feeling overwhelmed. So how do you deal with a slip and fall properly so that you can protect yourself and your rights?
Here are some tips on what you should do if you are involved in a slip and fall:
Take Note of Witnesses
If you are in public, witnesses should be plentiful, get as much contact information from them as you can for future reference. Ask them to wait to make a statement for the accident report as well.
Take Pictures or Video of the Scene
Get pictures and/or video footage of the whole scene. If possible, try to include signs, witnesses and the full view of the area where the accident occurred. This can be crucial later when trying to prove liability in your case.
Call Security and/or the Police
If your slip and fall occurred because of the aggressive or intentional actions of another, call the police to the scene and file an official police report. Also, have a witness or bystander get any local security for your location if they are available.
Alert Store or Property Owner/Manager
Immediately alert the property owner or manager of your accident and injury. Ask for a formal report to be filed as well. Documentation is key in slip and fall cases.
Get Medical Attention
If you were injured, see a doctor right away. If you are immobilized or severely injured, call an ambulance to the scene for transport. Even if your injury “doesn’t seem that bad”, you need to visit the doctor because many injuries get worse over time. You want to be sure you can link your injury to any future loss of work, pain, or disability that may result from the slip and fall.
Consult an Experienced Personal Injury Attorney
If you try to attempt to settle or negotiate with the owner of the establishment or the insurance company on your own, chances are they will try to only cover minimal hospital bills and have you release them from any further liability. An experienced slip-and-fall attorney is critical to protecting your rights and ensuring you get the compensation you deserve for your injuries.
The Foster Firm stands ready to help. Call our firm to arrange your complimentary consultation. We have helped so many clients receive substantial settlements for their slip and fall cases in College Park, Douglasville, and Metro Atlanta. There are no attorneys fees until you are compensated for your loss. Contact us to discuss your case.