5 Things To Do After A Slip And Fall Accident
3rd June 2014
Slip and fall accidents, also called trip and fall accidents can happen to anyone at any time. And the result of the fall could be anything from mild bruising to multiple fractures, miscarriage and death. Whatever the cause, you need to know what you have to do in the event of a slip and fall accident. That way, you’ll be able to get full compensation and have your hospital bills taken care of.
Call the Emergency Line
If you’re conscious but unable to move or in pain, call 911 and try to be as clear as possible. Tell them exactly where you are if you can, how you got there and what happened. This should take you no more than 30 seconds. This is important because if you have suffered a head trauma or significant injury, it may not take long before you pass out. And doing that will improve your chances of getting found faster and prompt medical attention. Then try to get people’s attention if you can. The best way is to probably scream for help. If you’re near a door, try banging the door.
Get Checked Out by the Doctor
Unless you’re absolutely sure that you’re fine, you need to get some medical checkup. If you passed out after falling, chances are you suffered a concussion. Don’t assume that you’re fine just because you regained consciousness. Instead, do the smart thing and tell your doctor what happened. Most slip and fall accident victims tend to suffer from head traumas that are potentially dangerous until the doctor has run some tests and given them the all-clear.
Find Out What Caused the Accident
If you’re able to, find out what caused the accident. Given that there are many causes of slip and fall accidents, it could be anything from debris to snow to a cracked step. Whatever the case may be, try to ascertain the cause. That way, you’ll be able to do a better job of describing exactly what happened to the police and your lawyer.
Try and Get the Contacts of Witnesses
If there are witnesses around and you are able to interact with them, try to get their contacts. While this might seem a little farfetched, try taking pictures or recording the scene using your phone’s camera. All these will be useful if you ever have to defend yourself or the property manager or company wants to play pranks and shirk their responsibilities. You would also do well to inform the company or building manager of the incident as soon as you can and fill an incident report.
Get a Slip and Fall Accident Attorney
It is possible that you’ll be approached by insurance investigators and/or the company’s or property manager’s lawyers. If this should happen, get an experienced slip and fall accident lawyer immediately before even talking to them. In fact, don’t talk to them unless you have your own lawyer present in the room. It’s possible that you’d want to trust them and tell them everything they need to know. Don’t! They may turn around and use it against you. Having a lawyer in the room will go a long way in ensuring that you only say what’s necessary and nothing more. If you’re worried about not having enough money to hire a lawyer, don’t worry about it. Most experienced slip and fall lawyers don’t charge you anything until your case is won.
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Josh McCarthy is from Orlando, Florida. He is a finance major at the University of Central Florida and enjoys trading stock options. He enjoys all athletics and is trying to make money for an engagement ring. Josh highly recommends the services of personal injury attorney David R. Heil, P.A.