Every year, millions of people are hospitalized for slip and fall accidents. Here is how to be prepared with important steps to take after a slip and fall.
Slip and fall accidents are not uncommon.
In fact, they account for more worker’s comp claims than any other mishap. They are also the leading cause of occupational injuries among workers 55 years and older.
Have you experienced this type of injury, or do you work in an establishment that makes you prone to slip and fall accidents? What should you do if this happens to you?
We answer all these questions and more, providing you with the guidance you need to get back up.
First, Take Care of Any Injuries
If you experience a slip and fall accident, the first step is to treat yourself for any injuries.
Seek medical attention as soon as possible, allowing a doctor to assess damages, as well as document them.
Documentation becomes important if you intend to sue an employer for negligence—such as wet floors, potholes, damaged or unlit stairwells, and more. When you go to a doctor’s office, they will time- and date-stamp everything, which will be useful for your case.
As Soon as Possible, File an Accident Report
When a slip and fall accident occurs in the workplace, it’s necessary to file an accident report to keep on file. This report is for the employer’s records, but you can also request it for yours. Consider who was around you during the slip and fall accident, and ask for their contact information, this may help your case. Give notice and report the accident to the owners, managers, supervising personnel, and/or employees of the establishment.
Document Your Slip and Fall
You might not think about taking your cell phone right away—but it can help you record data pertaining to your slip and fall.
If there were unsafe working conditions, you’d need to photograph the areas that the accident happen. If you’ve obtained any surface injuries, such as scrapes or bruising, you can photograph those, too.
Keep this photographic evidence with your accident report and doctor’s report in a folder.
Keep Blame Out of It
When two people get into a car accident, it’s general knowledge not to accept blame or even place blame. Typically, the best-case scenario involves waiting until the police are on the scene.
The same rule applies to slip and fall accidents in the workplace.
Don’t apologize for falling or start a confrontation with your employer. Instead, stay neutral but focused on recording everything in the immediate area, as well as the time and date. It’s also best practice to avoid placing blame right away—wait until you can speak with an attorney about your situation first.
Don't talk to insurance companies
You’re not legally obligated to speak to the other party regarding your injury case. Only speak to your personal injury attorney as advised.
If You Need Legal Help, Contact Robert Berkun today!
Pursuing legal action after a slip and fall accident can feel overwhelming, but it doesn’t have to be.
When you’re unsure of what to do or how to proceed, an attorney can help you. From compiling documentation to offering honest advice about your case, lawyers know how to respond in these trying situations.
Please consider reaching out to the Law Offices of Robert D. Berkun if you’ve been involved in a slip and fall accident.