Use these 8 Guidelines to protect yourself after a Slip & Fall Accident.
Stay Calm & Report your accident.
If an injury happened at a market or on the premises of another, ask to speak with the manager or property owner and make a formal report. Generally, supermarkets, shopping centers and other places where business is conducted have their own policies on how to make a report. If you are able to file a report, request a copy of the report for your own records. In the event they are unable to take a report, ask for a business card, and get the information of the people who came to your aid. Write down their phone numbers and address if possible. When you are able to do so, write down a full description of what caused the accident, the date and time, how it happened, and a describe the injuries you sustained. Should you need to, call the Police, they will come out and make a full report.
Get the medical help you need.
In Pain? Can't move? Then don't force yourself to stand if you're unable to. If you need medical assistance, ask for someone to call 911. When emergency responders arrive, explain in detail every part of your body that hurts. If needed, go to the hospital. If you choose to opt out of going, visit your primary care physician within 24-48 hours of the accident. Keep a record of each doctor you go to as this will be needed for your claim.
If witnesses are available, ask for their information
Obtain a statement from them around what they witnessed, and kindly ask them to provide their contact information including: name, address, telephone number, and email address.
Document the scene of the accident by taking photos.
Use your smart phone, to take as many photos as you can. Take photos of anything that can help show how the accident occurred, including, the area of the slip and fall, the property itself, any hazardous items that may have contributed to the slip and fall, including the general scene of the accident location. Make sure you have photographs of the the area the slip and fall occurred, or what caused the slip and fall to occur. For example, a puddle, a grape, uneven pavement, uneven stairs, hole or torn carpet, hole in the ground, etc. Photograph the general location and surroundings.
Document photographs of your injuries
If you have visible injuries, document them by taking photos (for example, if you have bruising, cuts, open wounds, casts, bandages, or stitches). Document not only the injury itself but the recovery process. Remember, a photograph can be worth a million words. Grab a book and write down the what happened on the day leading up to your accident, and from that day forward, keeping notes of your recovery, including what physicians you have been to, medical treatment received, time off from work, activities that you're no longer able to do, and anything else that has been impacted by the accident. Describe how the injury has changed or impacted your life.
Create an Accident Folder
Keep all your document's safe and in chronological order. This will help you keep track of the process you went through after the accident.
Be careful when speaking with insurance company representatives.
They will attempt to reach out to you, be aware that their job is to figure out how to pay as little as possible for your injuries. Be cautious of what you say, do not accept fault, do not accept blame, do not sign any document without reviewing and understanding your legal rights. NEVER SIGN ANYTHING WITHOUT consulting with an attorney, chances are whatever they are offering you is less than what your claim is worth.
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