Seek Medical Attention for Injuries Immediately
With your injuries documented, you’ll be able to provide proof if you choose to seek compensation for your medical bills arising out of your slip and fall accident.
If you fell in a store, apartment building, a private residence, or anywhere else, make sure you report it to the manager, owner, or landlord. Ask the business manager or landlord to make a report of the slip and fall accident and obtain a copy before you leave. If you fell on town, state or federal property due to a defect, such as in a sidewalk or roadway, there are strict time-sensitive notice requirements that may forever bar your claim if not reported properly. Most importantly, if you are asked to sign a statement or document which you have not had the opportunity to review and understand, DO NOT SIGN IT.
If you’re injured on a homeowner’s property, remain calm and limit your communication with them for the time being. Don’t get angry or upset, because it won’t change what has already happen. Focus on what’s important: getting treatment for your injuries.
Document the EXACT location where you fell, including stairs, railings, ice patches, or any other condition that contributed to the fall. It’s important to document the date and time of your accident, because evidence can disappear and conditions can change. This is especially important when your fall is the result of water/ice runoff that melts and refreezes due to temperature changes and/or where a property owner takes immediate steps to repair or replace the defect that caused your injury.
Get the Info
Collect names, phone numbers, and addresses of any possible witnesses. This will help prove your version of events down the road.
Shoes and Clothing
Place the shoes and clothing you were wearing during the accident in a safe storage place. They may be relevant evidence at a later date.
Call an Attorney
When considering legal action, the best person on your side is an experienced attorney. Hunter Law, LLC will assist in protecting your rights, assessing and developing your case and work towards a fair, just and reasonable resolution of your claim.