What To Do After a Slip & Fall Accident

What To Do After a Slip & Fall Accident

While most of us exercise great caution when climbing a ladder or shingling a roof, we may not be as wary of a freshly mopped floor. However, over 60 percent of falls result from slips and trips on the same level, and the resulting injuries can be quite serious.

Back and hip injuries are common after a fall and can be life-altering, especially for the elderly. Common causes of slips and trips include wet or oily walking surfaces, weather hazards such as snowy or icy sidewalks, rugs or mats that have come loose or do not lie perfectly flat, uneven walking surfaces with little traction, poor lighting, inappropriate footwear, physical obstacles such as a children’s toy left on the floor or a loose cable wire, and an obstructed view.

Although it is the individual’s responsibility to take all necessary steps to avoid a slip and fall–for instance, avoiding texting while walking–it is a property owner’s responsibility to ensure that their property is safe.

If you have suffered a slip and fall injury resulting from a property owner’s negligence, it is critical that you take the following steps to protect your case:

·         Report the fall to the property owner or one of their employees. Note their full names, the details of your conversation, as well as the names and numbers of all witnesses;

·         Seek immediate medical care;

·         Note the exact date, time and location of your fall. Take as many photos as possible of where you fell, the specific cause of your fall (loose carpeting, a spilled drink, etc.), as well as any visible injuries;

·         Request a copy of the property owner’s incident report, which is usually conducted by one of their employees and will include photos taken by them;

·         Do not answer ANY questions from insurance adjusters, who will call you shortly after your accident on the property owner’s behalf in order to disprove your claim;

·         Seek legal advice right away. Call Share Lawyers for a free consultation and one of our expert lawyers will be happy to assist you.

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