What to Do After a Slip-and-Fall Accident
Whether it’s because of a spilled drink in a grocery store, rain puddles on a sidewalk, or icy front steps, if you slip or trip and fall, you may be looking at some heavy medical bills.
If it’s not your fault, you might want to look into obtaining compensation from the responsible business, landowner, or tenant. And you may want an experienced lawyer from Dickson Kohan & Bablove, LLP on your side to help you decide how to approach the issue. But first, there are several things you need to do immediately after a fall.
First Things First: Health
Your health is the immediate concern, so you need to go to the doctor as soon as you can. Even if you don’t immediately feel bad, that can change over the next few days, and you’ll want everything since the incident documented—especially any medical problems. These records can be a necessity in winning a personal injury lawsuit.
Second: Report Your Slip-and-Fall
Whether the accident happened at a friend’s house, a business, or on property you’re renting, you need to report it to whoever’s in charge: the homeowner, the business owner, or even just rental property tenants. Have them provide you with a written account of the incident before you leave the premises.
Third: Document Everything
Should you seek compensation, you’ll need some evidence of what happened, so make sure to get all the information you can. If possible, start with the following:
- Collect names, addresses, phone numbers, emails, and statements from any witnesses.
- Take pictures of the area and exact spot of your fall, especially objects, ice, or liquids that had a part to play.
- Write your own account of what you did before and after the fall to show your story never changes, and include the time and date.
- Photograph your clothing, shoes, and anything else you were wearing, and place them all in a bag somewhere safe in case someone wants to see them for evidence later.
- Record hourly and daily changes in how you feel and how your pain and functionality change over time.
Fourth: Guard Your Words
To protect your potential personal injury claim, keep the following in mind after your slip-and-fall accident:
- Don’t yell or get angry.
- Don’t verbally blame anyone.
- Don’t accept blame. Out of habit, some people, say things like, “It’s OK,” or “It wasn’t your fault,” or “My bad,” but try not to do that.
- Don’t talk about the details of your fall with the property owner, tenant, or manager, and definitely don’t post about it online.
- If an insurance company, whether yours or theirs, requests a statement, politely decline until after you’ve consulted with your lawyer.
Fifth: Call a Lawyer
You likely aren’t an attorney, so you probably need some help with premises liability law. Come in for a free, no-obligation case consultation with a Riverside personal injury lawyer from Dickson Kohan & Bablove, LLP as soon as you can. You can schedule a meeting by calling us at 1-844-404-2400 or filling out the form below.