Unkempt hazards on residential or commercial premises put guests in danger of falling. While it may seem as if bodily harm from a slip, trip or fall would most often involve superficial injuries, some victims have suffered catastrophic consequences. In fact, one in five falls causes serious harm, and more than 700,000 patients are hospitalized every year because of a fall injury.
A serious slip and fall incident is a jarring experience followed by a great deal of commotion. As shock and confusion set in, it’s easy to overlook important actions to protect victims both medically and legally. Below are five steps to take immediately after you or a loved one is injured in a fall.
Seek medical attention right away. Pain and injuries resulting from a fall can worsen over the coming days, so it’s important to begin receiving treatment immediately. Your medical records will also provide documentation of your injuries should you file a slip and fall lawsuit to seek justice and compensation.
Report the fall and injuries to the property owner. If the fall occurred in a commercial location, ask the manager to file a report of the accident and to provide you with a copy.
Take photos and video of the location of the incident as well as the specific conditions that led to the fall. In addition to capturing the setting, photograph your injuries resulting from the incident.
Collect the contact information of witnesses, who can help prove later that hazardous conditions led to your injuries.
Contact a qualified slip and fall lawyer to protect your legal rights. Each state limits the amount of time an injured person has to file a lawsuit, so speaking with a lawyer right away can ensure you do not miss an important deadline if you decide to file a personal injury lawsuit.
A complex situation arises when a slip and fall incident leads to death or serious injury. For decades, the slip and fall lawyers at Anapol Weiss have successfully represented injured victims and the families of those who died in premises liability lawsuits. Contact our firm to speak with a highly qualified slip and fall attorney if you or a family member was hurt. We can investigate your case and determine if you are eligible to file a suit.