Every single day someone slips and falls. Whether it’s caused by a slick surface, a floor that’s uneven, a broken stair, or something altogether different, slip and fall accidents can be very serious. Whether your accident is clearly serious or you are not sure if the injury will heal quickly, there are seven things you should do if you have been involved in this type of accident. After reading about them, contact The Law Offices of Larry H. Parker at 800-333-0000 for a free legal consultation.
Get Medical Care Right Away
Contact the Police
Take photos of the scene and your injuries
Gather as Much Evidence as Possible
Talk to Witnesses
Keep a Journal
Work with a Personal Injury Attorney
Many things will affect how your injury affects you, including the specifics of the accident, your age, and your overall health. It is not uncommon for an injury to seem minor only to end up very serious. If you do not have it treated right away, it can get much worse. Not only can this help keep you safe, but the medical records could prove essential if you end up having to file a personal injury claim.
If you believe that the accident was even partially the fault of someone else, then you should contact the police right away so they can file a report. They should interview the owner of the property, assess the safety of the area, and talk to any witnesses.
Photos are essential in the event you must file a claim due to a slip and fall case. Take photos of the scene, any hazards, and your injuries. Continue to take pictures of your injuries as they progress. We always recommend taking as many pictures as you can, as you never know what might become relevant.
If there is any evidence you can think of, try to find ways to access it. For example, was there video surveillance on the area? Did the owner have a history of code violations? Have other similar accidents happened at the same location? Keep your own records too, such as medical costs, lost wages, and medical records.
Did anyone see your accident? If they did, try to get their contact information before leaving the scene of the accident. Then contact them, or give their contact information to your personal injury attorney, so they can act on your behalf.
Write down how you feel every day. Do not exaggerate. Just be honest about any pain your feeling, what is making life more difficult, and all costs associated with the injury.
You need an attorney to help you through this situation – it is just that simple. At The Law Offices of Larry H. Parker we are happy to offer a free legal consultation. We will start by going over your case and letting you know what your legal options may be. Contact us now at 800-333-0000 to begin.