by Guest Post Author Brett Steinberg
While unfortunate, slip and fall accidents are known to occur in most everyone’s lives. According to NFSI Slip and Fall Quick Facts, falls have accounted for over 8 million emergency room visits, making it the leading cause of emergency visits at 21.3 percent. Furthermore, slip and fall accidents amount to over 1 million visits, or 12 percent of the total number of falls.
It is important to recognize whether or not someone else can be held legally responsible for your injury. Either the owner of the location or the employee:
- Must have caused the surface to become dangerous in some fashion, e.g. spilling oil onto the surface
- Must have known about the dangers of the surface and have chosen to ignore the issue, e.g. not clearing sidewalks layered with ice
- Have been made aware of the dangers and yet continuing to disregard the issue, e.g. refusing to fill the hazardous cracks lying in the tiles of the surface despite being notified
If you’re in a situation where any of the above scenarios have occurred, then you should seek compensation not only for your medical bills but also for medical leave from employment as well as pain and suffering damages.
Steps to Take After a Slip and Fall Accident
More often than not, a slip and fall accident is unlikely to be the fault of the victim. If you find yourself in a slip and fall situation, you should perform the following steps:
- Seek Treatment for Your Injuries
If you or a loved one suffers from a slip and fall accident, then you should immediately seek medical attention. Not only would seeing a doctor immediately may save you from long-term pain and suffering, but any injuries can be documented as evidence for your – and your personal injury lawyer’s – records.
- Report the Accident
After you have sought medical attention, be sure to report the injury to a manager, property owner, or landlord. Have the manager or property owner write the report and ensure that the report contains all details of the accident. Additionally, request a copy of the report for your records. However, don’t be surprised if the manager or property owner refuse to provide you the report, since such documentation is usually privileged.
- Document Any and All Evidence
Collect the names, phone numbers, email addresses, and mailing addresses of potential witnesses of the event so that you can gather their statements. Secure your unwashed clothing in a safe storage area. Take photographs of where you slipped and fell, as well as the condition of that exact area. Mention all details of the accident: how you’ve fallen, the exact time and date, the events that have preceded the accident, and any other additional information.
- Limit Your Contact
Do not let your emotions control your actions. Keep your communication with the property owner or manager to a minimum. Do not post anything regarding the accident on social media. Do not provide any information whatsoever to your insurance company until you have spoken with your personal injury lawyer.
- Call a Personal Injury Lawyer
Without an attorney, you’ll find yourself hard-pressed to win a case, especially since slip and fall cases are considered incredibly complex. With a successful law firm like Steinberg Law, you’ll receive personal attention to your slip and fall case.