A slip and fall injury, also known as a “trip and fall”, can be debilitating and lead to a lifetime of pain and disability. Slip and falls can occur due to improper signage in a business establishment or neglect in someone’s home. There are a host of other reasons that may result in a slip and fall accident. If you are injured in a slip and fall accident, don’t allow embarrassment to keep you from seeking legal advice. In the meantime, please keep these three important points in mind regarding your incident.
Three Things To Do if You are Involved in a Slip and Fall
- Keep your wits. Make sure you limit discussion relating to your fall. Make a statement to the business or homeowner to document any injuries suffered, but do not discuss liability. You may be disoriented or in pain, but remember to remain calm and assess the situation. Make sure to get the names and contact information for any witnesses.
- Get medical treatment. Please seek medical care no matter the severity of your injury. Small bruises, minimal pain, or soreness could turn out to be early symptoms of significant issues. Get medical attention and document any issues related to your slip and fall accident. Keep detailed notes of any prescription medications, physical therapy, and/or rehab that is required due to injuries sustained. em
- Time is of the essence. There is a statute of limitations to file your claim, so place priority on consulting with an attorney. Filing a personal injury claim can be frightening or uncomfortable, because the incident may have happened in a friend’s home or in a business that you frequent. Don’t let personal and emotional attachments hinder you from standing up for your legal rights. You should always have your best interest in mind.
Being injured in a slip and fall accident can be overwhelming and confusing. That’s why it is important that you make an immediate assessment of everything that occurred before and after your slip and fall. If possible, take account of the time, conditions of your surroundings, and details of your accident. Pictures, videos, and witness accounts can be valuable tools when it comes time to prove your case. Afterward, an experienced attorney can help you determine how to proceed.
If you or a loved one have been hurt due to a slip and fall, please contact us to schedule a free consultation. The attorneys at Siniard, Timberlake & League know the law around slip and fall injuries. We can help.