The very first step you should take after a slip and fall accident is to see a physician. Regardless of how minor your injuries may appear to be you should have your condition documented. Advise your physician that you have been the victim of a slip and fall and that you want your condition fully documented for the record.
Document what happened before
While it is still fresh in your mind carefully document everything that happened prior to your slip and fall.
As carefully as possible describe what you saw, who was in the area and any details you can remember. Even if it seems insignificant to you at this time, you should make note of anything that you recall immediately prior to the accident.
Document the following to the best of your ability:
-- What caused you to fall?
-- Was there a defect on the floor or ground that caused your fall?
-- Was there an object or substance on the floor or ground that caused your fall?
-- If there was a defect, an object or a substance, how long has it been there and was it in plain view?
Another important item is did you have notice of the danger prior to the accident by way of a sign, cone, or other danger signal (for instance if you slipped in a wet substance in a grocery store did you see paper towels on the floor?)?
Contact an Attorney
After your accident you should contact a competent personal injury attorney to determine what action should be taken.
Be sure to provide the following information
A) Date/Time/Location of Slip and Fall
B) Documentation regarding questions in prior step
C) Name/contact information for the physician you saw
D) Names/contact information of any witnesses
E) Any additional information that may be available
Once you have contacted an attorney regarding your slip and fall you will be interviewed for the facts surrounding your individual case. This will help determine whether you have a case that can be pursued.
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