No matter how carefully you move or how surefooted you are, the risk of a slip and fall accident is all around you. Whether it’s the business owner who fails to clear the parking lot and entrance way to his store, or the homeowner who lets the ice and snow accumulate on the sidewalk outside her property, the dangers are everywhere.

If you fall victim to someones negligence and find yourself on the wrong side of a slip and fall accident, the steps you take next can make all the difference.

7 Steps to Keep in Mind after a Slip and Fall

If you take the right steps after your slip and fall accident, you can set the stage for the payment of your medical bills and reimbursement for the pain and suffering a sudden fall can create. If you do the wrong things, you could be left to pick up the pieces on your own, with no financial reimbursement and little support as you put your life, and your bones, back together. Here are some of the critical things you need to do after any slip and fall accident.

  1. Get medical help. Even if you do not think you are seriously hurt, getting medical help should be your number one priority. Go to an urgent care center, make an appointment with your doctor or head to the nearest emergency room. You cannot afford to let your future health be put at risk, and getting checked out right away will preserve your rights in any future legal proceedings.
  2. Report your accident as soon as possible. Getting medical help is job #1, but when that is done you need to report the accident to the appropriate individual. Whether that individual is the landlord who owns the building, the business manager at the office park or the owner of the home with the icy sidewalk, you need to report the incident right away.
  3. Stay calm. It is hard to make smart decisions when you are upset, so get control of your emotions and stay calm. Do not lash out in anger or make accusations; stay rational and stick to the objective facts and what actually happened.
  4. Document the scene. Take pictures of the location where the slip and fall accident happened, including long overview shots that show the entire area and close-up shots that clearly show the hazards that were left unaddressed. Save the photos you take in a safe place and print extra copies for future use.
  5. Gather the information. Find the name of the business owner, homeowner, landlord or other responsible individual. Gather information like their phone number, address and so on. Be sure to get the contact information of anyone who may have witnessed the slip and fall accident as well.
  6. Stow your clothes. Just in case. Find a secure plastic bag and use it to store the shoes and clothing you were wearing when the slip and fall accident occurred. These items could become important pieces of evidence in a future legal case.
  7. Contact an attorney. Even if you do not plan to sue for damages, it is important to contact an attorney. A good personal injury attorney can guide you and help you understand the nature of your case and how to get the compensation you deserve. Chances are you will have out-of-pocket medical costs, lost time and work and other expenses, and seeing an attorney now is the best way to preserve your rights and minimize the financial impact of your slip and fall accident.

No one wants to be involved in a slip and fall accident, but if you are it is important to know what to do next. Following the seven steps outlined above is the best way to preserve your rights, get the compensation you deserve and get the financial support you need to heal your body and go on with the rest of your life.

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