Steps to take immediately after a slip-and-fall accident
Although you may be distressed and injured after a slip-and-fall accident, it is essential to document the incident in order to build your case and protect your rights.
If your accident occurred due to someone’s negligence, you could be entitled to compensation. Take advantage of items that you may be carrying with you, such as your cell phone. Use your phone to photograph the accident scene, whether it is inside a parking lot, supermarket or other site. Record the precise location of your fall, including railings, stairs and other conditions that contributed to the accident.
For example, if there was liquid on the floor you slipped on, take pictures of the floor and the liquid’s container. It is a good idea to gather evidence and facts while they are still fresh. You can use the notes section of your phone to type out details of the slip-and-fall accident.
Some key items to document are the time and date of when the incident occurred as conditions can change in the future. You should also collect contact information from witnesses in case you need to get a statement from them later on, including names, addresses and phone numbers. This will help you prove your account of the incident.
Report the slip-and-fall accident to the person in charge of where you fell, whether it is a restaurant owner, store manager or landlord. Ask them to make a report of the incident and obtain a copy of it before you leave. Your health is your top priority, so you should also make sure to seek medical help immediately.
Documenting your injuries will contribute to providing proof later if you choose to seek compensation for your medical bills. It is important to note that determining fault can be more complicated than it might seem. If you were injured and you believe someone else is fully or partially to blame, contact Chalik & Chalik to learn more about your rights.