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Slip-and-fall accidents can occur just about anywhere: at work, at your local grocery store, or even on an outdoor walkway. If you are ever injured in a slip-and-fall accident that you believe occurred because of somebody else's negligence, then you may be entitled to seek damages for your medical bills, lost wages, and other related expenses. However, there are some important steps you should take immediately after the incident to ensure the best chances of financial recovery.
Formally Report the Incident
You should always file an official report with the owner of the property on which you were injured. Otherwise, you may not be able to prove that the incident occurred on the property at all. Any place of business should have a procedure in place for documenting these types of incidents. Be sure to obtain a copy of the report for your own records as well.
Gather Witness Information
If anybody was present at the time that your fall occurred, consider speaking with them to see if they would be willing to provide a statement. This statement can be added to your incident report, or a separate statement can be made and recorded for use in a legal setting later on. If you are unable to gather witnesses due to your injury, ask somebody you trust to do so on your behalf, if possible.
See a Medical Professional
Even if you don't think you're seriously injured at the time of your fall, it's always best to seek guidance from a medical professional. Often times, injuries from a fall (such as a compressed spinal disc or even whiplash) will not have any obvious symptoms right away. Furthermore, by seeking medical attention, there will be a record that you visited a doctor immediately following your incident and got a professional opinion. This may be important for legal purposes later on.
Seek Legal Guidance
Finally, don't proceed with legal action against the property owner until you've spoken with an experienced personal injury lawyer about your case. Scheduling a consultation with a lawyer will give you a better idea of the types of damages you may be able to pursue, as well as important legal steps that will need to be taken.
Hopefully, you will never be in a situation where you need a personal injury lawyer. However, by keeping these tips in mind, you'll know what to do if you're hurt in a slip-and-fall.Share