Slip and fall accidents can happen anytime, anywhere – especially if there are unsafe conditions on someone’s property. Hazards exist everywhere, including at people’s homes and businesses. But when you’re injured by a hazard that could have been avoided through diligence of the property owner, you have the right to pursue compensation. Follow this checklist of what to do first in a slip and fall accident to ensure you are successful in your claim.
Make sure you are safely away from the hazard that caused the accident. Once you are safe, seek medical attention. Follow all instructions by the doctor who initially examines you and follow up with your primary doctor for additional care if needed.
Report the Incident and Gather Evidence
Immediately after the incident, report it to the building’s owner or manager. Make sure you get the name and contact information of the person you report the incident to. You should also gather evidence, including a copy of the accident report if there is one, pictures of the hazard that caused the slip and fall accident, and any medical records.
Contact an Attorney
As soon as you are able, contact an experienced personal injury attorney to represent your case. All property owners should have insurance, but you should not rely on the insurance company to give you a fair settlement. An attorney can negotiate with the insurance company and take your case to court if fair compensation is not offered.
If you have been in a slip and fall accident and need representation, contact us today for a free consultation.