What Should You Do After a Slip and Fall Accident?

Getting into a slip and fall accident is frightening. Even though we might joke about slipping on a banana peel, the truth is that slip and fall accidents can be serious and even deadly—especially if you’re elderly. Damage can range from bumps and bruises to broken bones and head and spinal injuries. When you’re injured as a result of the negligence of a property owner, be sure to follow these steps, especially calling a slip and fall attorney:

  • Seek medical attention: First and foremost, you need to seek medical treatment right away. Even if you think your injuries are minor, there’s a good chance that you could have internal injuries. It’s also important to seek medical treatment because failing to do so—or waiting too long—could indicate to insurance companies or juries that your injuries weren’t that serious after all.
  • Follow your recommended treatment: Once you’ve been diagnosed and treated, follow the recommended treatment to the letter. Don’t miss appointments, and don’t fail to take your prescribed medication as directed. Not only will it help you heal faster, but to do otherwise would have similar effects on insurance companies and juries as failing to act in the first place.
  • Take photos: If you’re able to, or if a friend can manage, take photos of the accident scene. At this time, you may already know what caused you to slip and fall, or it may require further investigation. If you know what caused your fall, take many photos of that condition, especially from different angles.
  • Write down what happened: Your memory is at its freshest right after the accident. Write down a detailed report of what happened. Start with the date and time of the accident, where you were and what you were doing. Talk about the conditions that led up to the accident and how it happened. You can also describe what kind of pain you were in afterward and how your doctor’s appointment went. Some attorneys may ask you to keep a “pain journal” as well.
  • Make a report: Next, make a report with the property owners as soon as you’re in stable medical condition. The longer you wait, the worse effect it will have on your case. Keep your report factual and to the point.
  • Limit communication with property owners, managers and witnesses: Do not give a signed or recorded statement to anyone at this time. Simply get their contact information and find out if the eyewitnesses are willing to make a statement on your behalf.
  • Save all records and communication: Keep records of all appointments and communications that have to do with your case.
  • Call a slip and fall attorney: Finally, once you’ve collected all the necessary information and your medical condition is stable, call a lawyer. They’ll help you settle with the insurance company or file a lawsuit.

When you’ve been in a slip and fall accident, especially when you’re elderly, you need skilled legal assistance. Call Rosato Law Offices today to schedule a consultation.