Property owners have a responsibility to keep their sidewalks, entryways and parking lots well-maintained and safe for guests and visitors alike. Slippery floors and cluttered pathways pose a serious threat to anyone who may cross them, and the results of a slip-and-fall accident can prove to be debilitating.
Slip-and-fall injuries can range from minor to severe. After an incident, it’s important to know what steps to take so that you can get the compensation you need to recover.
1. Report the accident
Wherever your injury took place, be sure to report it to the manager, owner or landlord as soon as possible. In public shops and restaurants, if the manager isn’t around, you should notify another employee or staff member immediately so that they can pass the message along.
The property owner will likely need to record the accident for insurance purposes. It’s also helpful to report it as soon as possible so that someone can intervene and take care of the problem to prevent it from happening again.
2. Document the scene
If you sustained a serious injury and need emergency medical attention, that should be your priority. But if you have time or are able, documenting the scene will allow you to collect evidence that can help support your case later down the line. This includes taking pictures of the issue that caused your injury, asking for eyewitness accounts and even photographing your injuries if they’re visible.
3. Get medical attention
Your recovery is the most important thing. Even if you don’t see or feel an injury, it’s best to visit your doctor right away. You might have an injury that takes a few days to show up, and you will want to make sure that you can prove that your injury is a direct result of the slip-and-fall incident.
Don’t forget to save copies of all medical expenses following your appointment. This includes:
- Hospital bills
- Treatment costs
- Prescription medications
- Therapy expenses
This will help a court determine how much compensation you may need.
A claim worth pursuing
Your life can change drastically after a slip-and-fall injury, depending on the severity. Filing a personal injury claim can allow you to focus on recovery and move forward from the accident.