Slip and fall accidents may seem minor, but they can result in severe injuries that are expensive to treat and can affect you for a long time. Taking the right steps after a slip and fall accident might help improve your chances of obtaining compensation for the damages caused by your injury.
This is why our slip and fall lawyers in Cincinnati advise you to take these six steps after the accident:
1. Get Medical Attention
No matter how minor you may think your fall was, you should seek medical attention right away. You may not realize that you strained or sprained something until after you speak with a medical professional. Immediately seeking treatment could also speed up your recovery.
The other reason you should get medical attention is that the doctor who treats you will document all of your injuries from the accident. Medical records that outline your injuries will help prove a link between your injuries and the accident, which will strengthen your personal injury case.
2. Obtain Contact Information For Witnesses
If anyone saw your fall, it is a good idea to get his or her contact information for future use. Your attorney can talk to this person about what he or she saw, which could provide invaluable evidence to help us build a strong case.
Witnesses can not only describe your fall, but also how you reacted to it and the conditions that contributed to the accident.
3. Take Pictures Of The Location Where You Fell
You should take pictures of the area where you fell as soon as you can after the accident. Showing uneven flooring, wet or slippery conditions, or another hazard in a photo can help strengthen your case.
If you are unsure about what caused your fall, inspecting the area and taking photos can help you determine what happened.
4. Follow Formal Procedures To Report The Accident
You should let the property owner know that you fell as soon as you can after the accident. You should also briefly mention what you believe caused the fall.
There are two reasons to report the accident:
- The property owner will create an accident report, which will add credibility to your claim, especially if no one saw you fall.
- Reporting the accident allows the property owner to address the condition to hopefully prevent others from being injured in the future.
5. Take Notes About The Experience
It is also a good idea to make some notes about what you remember about the fall. For example, you could note what you were doing before the fall occurred or what you believe caused the fall.
You can also jot down what type of medical care you received after the fall and any follow-up treatment. Journaling about how the fall has affected other aspects of your life, such as your relationship with your spouse or your ability to enjoy leisure activities can also help bolster your personal injury claim.
6. Contact Our Skilled Attorneys To Review Your Claim
The last step to take after a slip and fall is to contact a personal injury attorney who has experience with slip and fall claims. An attorney may be able to obtain compensation for medical expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering.
Our team of attorneys has decades of combined experience helping injury victims obtain compensation. Contact us today for a free, no obligation legal consultation so we can determine if you have grounds for a claim.