I Slipped and Fell—Now What?

Slip and fall accidents happen all the time, but they can be shocking nonetheless. One minute, you’re walking along, and the next, you’re on the ground wondering if you broke any bones. If you’ve been in a slip and fall accident, you need to take certain steps to protect your health—and take action if you were seriously injured. Here’s what to do:

  • Get medical help: The first and most important step to take is to seek medical help right away. If you were seriously injured, you’ll need your doctor’s notes and even testimony to help prove how bad you were hurt. Even if you think you’re fine, it’s still smart to see a doctor. Some injuries won’t manifest until hours, days or even weeks later. Getting immediate medical help shows the judge and jury that you’ve been serious about addressing your injuries.
  • Follow your doctor’s advice: If your doctor prescribes any type of treatment, from resting up to surgery, prescription painkillers, physical therapy or something else, follow that advice to the letter. If you don’t, the opposing parties’ attorneys will use it as a way to “prove” you didn’t take your injuries seriously—which could lessen the amount of damages you’re able to recover.
  • Report your accident to the owner: Once you’re safe, report the accident to the property manager or owner. Get a copy of the accident report as soon as possible. If you fail to report the accident promptly, a jury will notice—and they may use it as an excuse to lower the award amount. If at all possible, call the accident report in from the doctor’s office or hospital, or have a friend make the report for you. Every minute counts, even if it’s not fair to put that kind of pressure on an injured plaintiff.
  • Take lots of photos as soon as possible: If you weren’t badly injured, take as many photos of the scene as possible. What caused you to slip, and why? Once you figure that out, take as many photos of the area as you can, from multiple angles, before it gets cleaned up. This will help an attorney build your case.
  • Limit communication with owners and witnesses: Even if the owners and witnesses seem friendly and helpful, take care not to talk too much around them. Try to limit your emotions—which can be difficult when you’re scared or in pain—since that can put people on the defensive immediately. Get their contact information and let your lawyer conduct most of the communication.
  • Call a lawyer: Finally, get in touch with a personal injury lawyer. Working with an attorney can help you get compensation for your injuries. Medical bills, lost wages and therapy are all expensive. If you were injured as a result of someone else’s negligence or recklessness, you shouldn’t have to foot the bill. An attorney can help you build your case and get compensation.

If you’ve been wondering “now what?” after a slip and fall accident, call Rosato Law Offices today.