Involved In A Slip And Fall Accident? Three Steps You Should Take After The Accident

Posted on: 3 April 2018

When you slip and fall, the first thing on your mind is not a personal injury lawsuit. Instead, you may be concerned about your health and potential injuries, ensuring this doesn't happen to anyone else or even being embarrassed after falling. While a personal injury claim is not likely on your mind at this point in time, the steps you take after the accident can impact any claim you may potentially file in the future. As such, you want to take the correct actions to help any case you may file. Here are three steps you should take after you were involved in a slip and fall accident. 

Notify the Property Owner or Their Agent

After you have slipped or tripped and fallen, be sure to notify the property owner or their agent. One of the biggest mistakes you can make is not notifying anyone if you slip and fall. While you may not think you are injured or may be embarrassed, notifying someone is important. It helps to put them on notice that there is a fault or flaw that can cause someone to slip or trip, and it makes them aware that you did fall. If you wind up with injuries, it is much harder to prove the injuries came from a slip and fall accident where you never told or notified anyone. 

Preserve Evidence

After slipping and falling, it is important to preserve as much evidence as you can. This includes grabbing your cell phone and snapping pictures of the scene where you fell, obtaining contact information for any witnesses that saw you trip or slip and asking a store to save video camera footage of you falling. All of this evidence can be used to prove fault and show why the other party was at fault if you do file a personal injury claim. 

Get Medical Treatment

The last step that you should take following a slip and fall injury is to seek medical attention. Many people feel stiff or sore after they slip and fall. However, they put off treatment, thinking they will feel better if they just rest at home or wait a few days. Unfortunately, putting off treatment makes it harder to prove that your injuries are directly related to the slip and fall, as no one knows what else may have happened between the time of your slip and fall accident and when you saw a doctor. Seeing the doctor right away directly correlates the injuries to your accident. 

If you have been injured in a slip and fall accident that was not your fault, you may be able to file a personal injury claim. To learn more about filing a personal injury claim for a slip and fall accident or to find out if you meet the criteria, schedule a consultation with a personal injury law firm like The Gil Law Firm today.