Slip and fall accidents can happen both inside and outside. You could slip on a wet floor at the mall or on some ice outside of a neighbor's home. If you fall hard enough, you could end up with some serious injuries. In fact, you may need to go to the hospital for treatment based on your injuries. If you have been in this kind of accident, there are a few steps you need to take.
1. Gather Your Information
If you happen to fall and you are completely conscious, start gathering information on what just happened. Did the accident happen indoors or outside? Did anyone see you falling down? If so, you may want to ask for their contact information because the people who saw you fall are witnesses to the accident. If you are in a lot of pain immediately after falling down, it may not be possible for you to gather as much information as you would like, but every bit helps.
2. Take Photographs Immediately
Do you travel with your smart phone? If so, it is easier than ever to take photographs of the accident. For example, if you slipped because someone on the block did not shovel their pavement, you may want to take a picture of the snow and ice left behind so that you have proof of it if you decide to take them to court. If you are with friends at the time of the accident, you can ask them to take a few pictures.
3. Go to the Hospital and Get Treatment
It is important to get checked out by a medical professional after a fall. You may have broken or sprained something. If you hit your head when you fell, you could have a concussion and not even realize it. Consider calling the ambulance or having someone drive you to the hospital for treatment so that you can find out more about the injuries you have sustained and receive treatment.
4. Talk to a Lawyer
After receive treatment for your injuries from the slip and fall accident, the best thing to do is contact a lawyer who handles slip and fall accident cases. During your consultation with the lawyer, you may want to provide any information you have, along with any pictures you managed to take when you first fell down and medical records from the hospital. The lawyer can help you file a lawsuit against the people, person or establishment because you fell as a result of their negligence.
If you get into a slip and fall accident, these four steps are crucial. Taking the right set of steps could potentially help you with your case in court. Contact a law team, such as Clearfield & Kofsky for more information.