If you slipped and fell on someone else's property or in a commercial business, you might be able to sue for damages in order to recoup any losses that you faced due to your accident. If you slip and fall, there are a few steps that you should take in order to ensure that you don't compromise your case.
Get Medical Treatment
The first thing that you should do after you were injured in a slip and fall accident is to seek out medical treatment immediately. Not only will getting medical treatment immediately ensure that you don't put yourself in danger, but it will give you medical documentation of any of your injuries due to the fall. If you don't notice any symptoms of injuries until later, be sure to go visit a medical professional as soon you start to experience symptoms.
Report Your Injury
Once you have been treated and you have documented your injuries, you need to report your injury to a person that has responsibility. For example, if you were injured at an apartment complex you should inform the landlord that you were injured. If you were injured at a grocery store, inform the grocery store manager. Ensure that the person in charge makes an accident report and then obtain a copy of any accident report that they file.
Document The Injury Location
After you have obtained an accident report, then return to the location where you were injured and start to document the scene. Use a camera to take pictures of where you were injured, being sure to include the things that contributed to your fall. For example, if you slipped due to ice be sure that you take a photo of the exact patch of ice you slipped on.
Don't Give The Insurance Company a Statement
Your insurance company or the responsible party's insurance company will likely try to contact you. They will try to get a recorded statement from you so they can use it against you if you try to get compensated for your injuries. You most likely won't know the extent of your injuries and may accidentally downplay the extent of your problems. Just kindly refuse to offer any sort of statement to insurance companies after your accident.
Slipping and injuring yourself can cause you financial and emotional distress, and you should be able to get compensated for your injuries. Make sure that you take the proper steps after being injured from slipping and falling in order to give yourself the best chance of having a successful lawsuit. For more information, contact a personal injury attorney, like one at Law Office of Daniel E Goodman, LLC.