A slip and fall accident can happen anywhere and at any time. And if the accident has occurred because of unmaintained premises or the negligent actions of another party, you may have a legal case. But not knowing what to do when an incident happens can leave you feeling helpless. And as most slip and fall cases are complex and challenging to prove, knowing what to do when it happens is crucial to help you build the best legal case to receive the compensation you deserve.
Call for Help
Your first move after a slip and fall is to call for immediate medical attention. If you’ve sustained any injuries, especially if they are severe, call an ambulance or have someone call one for you.
Call the Police
Even if you do not suspect serious injury, call the police and report the incident. The police will file an accident report which is incredibly important if a personal injury claim needs to be conducted.
If there was anyone who witnessed the accident, ask for their name and phone number. This way the police and anyone else who will need to be involved can contact them for their statements.
Document the Injury
If you have a camera or phone take as many photos as possible. Also, write down as many things about the incident as possible, especially the location, time of day, conditions, and anything that would help you fill out a detailed report. If your injury is severe and you cannot take notes, ask another person on the scene to create detailed notes for you.
Consult a Paralegal
A professional paralegal can help you with you file a personal injury claim. You may be eligible for compensation as a result of the slip and fall, and Shaw Paralegal Service has the experience and know-how to assist you every step of the way.
Visit the Doctor
Your doctor needs to be involved immediately. They will document all your symptoms and injuries and can decide if you need to take time off work to heal. Their medical records will also be an important part of the legal case.
A slip and fall incident can happen fast and at any time. Being prepared and knowing what to do and who to call is important for ensuring you get the best care and compensation needed. Always seek professional advice, especially from a paralegal who knows all the ins and outs of the legal system to help protect your rights.