After a Slip or Fall What Should You Do?
If you have had the misfortune of slipping, falling, and injuring yourself, there are some things that you should know that may make a significant difference in the outcome. If you slip and fall, keep the following tips in mind:
Report the incident.
Many attorneys suggest that the first step should be to let someone know that you have fallen, but to not delay seeking medical attention while doing so.
Stay calm and cooperative.
Things can get tense when reporting a fall and suffering an injury; remain calm and to avoid any conflict or confrontation with property owners or by-standers.
Get medical attention.
Even if you don’t require an ambulance, you might need proof of your injury later so go see a doctor. Also, you may need paperwork later on if you miss work or have follow-up care scheduled.
If possible, get photos of the situation that caused you to fall, as well as the names and contact information of anyone who happened to be nearby when it occurred.
Don’t sign anything.
Insurance representatives may try and convince you to sign-off on your injury and catch you off-guard. Be prepared for this, and do not sign anything.
Consult with an attorney.
Having someone with some legal expertise in your corner is invaluable. It costs nothing to talk with an attorney, and many may agree to take your claim on a contingency basis, meaning that they get paid when the case is settled.
If you are injured in a slip and fall accident please contact us at Hoffman and Gelfman as we would be glad to chat with you about how we can help you receive compensation for your injury and loss of work.