Slips and falls are the most common accidents, occurring on a daily basis. The causes are many, from floors that are slick, uneven, broken stairs, or unstable footing, these kinds of accidents can lead to very serious consequences. Whether your accident is serious or you don’t know if you will recover quickly from injury here are seven things you can do if you have had a slip and fall. After reading, call the Shirvanian Law Firm in Glendale, CA 818-835-5396.
Here are the 7 things you must do when involved in a slip & fall accident:
Immediately get medical attention
First thing is first, seek out medical help not only to make sure that your injuries are not too severe, but so you can get an accurate assessment of the extent of your injuries. A seemingly minor incident can end up becoming very serious. Not treating your injury right away can lead to damaging effects down the road. Medical records of the incident are going to prove essential if you have to file a personal injury claim.
Call the police
If you have reason to think the fall is even partially the fault of someone else, you need to contact the police as soon as possible so that they can file the report. They will interview the owner of the property, assess the safety of the area, and talk to any witnesses.
Get a photo record of the scene and of the injuries
You want to document the scene at the moment of the accident and your injuries at the time so that if you need to file a claim you have ample evidence of the condition of the site of the fall and of your injury. Keep a photo record of your injuries as they develop. These pictures can become hugely important if you have to file a report.
Gather as much evidence as possible
If there is any evidence at the site of the fall, find a way to access it. If you think there may have been video surveillance, try to get that record. Look into whether or not the owner has a history of code violations. Keep records of your own medical costs, lost wages, and medical records.
Talk to witnesses
Gather as many eye-witness stories as you can. The testaments of people who saw the fall can be extremely useful should the case move forward. See if there are others with similar injuries at the same place. Get their contact info to your personal injury attorney so that they can act on your behalf.
Journal your experience
Keep a journal of how you feel day to day after the fall. Having a record of your injury and your pain can be very valuable in determining the effect and difficulty the injury has caused you.
Get the help of a personal injury attorney
Getting a quality personal injury attorney is essential to help you keep your head while going through a very painful time. The Shirvanian Law Firm in Glendale, CA is happy to give you counsel and guidance if you have experienced a slip and fall. Give us a call at 818-835-5396 to begin.