What to Do After a Trip and Fall Accident
We can only hope that embarrassment is the worst outcome of a trip and fall accident. Hot-cheeked and awkward, you want to get up and hurry out of sight to nurse your wounds in private. However, if you are injured, not only should you not be rushing--you have a few essential steps to help protect yourself after your fall.
If you’re able to, take pictures. Pictures of what caused a trip or slip and the surrounding area. If you have a visible injury, take a picture of that as well. Finally, take a picture of what you’re wearing. Make sure to include your shoes (including the bottoms of them) and outfit. It is valuable information that your attorney can use. Picture evidence is your best friend if you need a lawyer or are dealing with insurance companies.
See a Doctor
This is critical if you’ve had an injury. Your health needs to be your number one focus. Getting a medical examination after a trip and fall accident is also significant evidence about the ramifications you may face after an injury.
Report the Incident
Go to the manager, owner, or landlord. Tell them what happened. Get the report in writing and ask for a copy of it. It’s hard to keep track of what to do after a trip and fall accident, but getting a report helps keep the records and your details straight, which is valuable.
Note: While getting a written report, refrain from saying anything beyond the specific details. Let them know that a fall occurred, but do not talk to anyone dealing with the property unless you have an attorney with you. It can be tricky, especially if you’ve been hurt, but keeping to the facts will protect your interests.
Keep Organized Records
The more information, the better. It may seem like overkill, but if you’ve been injured, it could impact your personal and financial future, making a living and working difficult. When your future is on the line, taking every necessary step is worth the effort. In addition to photos of the scene, grab the information of any witnesses. Write down their names and phone numbers. Keep these with the written report. Include details about weather and other conditions at the time of your fall. Your attorney will be able to guide you regarding other details that could be useful in your case.
Talk to an Attorney
Finally, you’re going to need to deal with insurance at the least, and possibly a suit or settlement at the worst. For this, you’re going to want a lawyer. Gather the photos, reports, and other documentation you have and contact a lawyer. They’ll have the expertise to guide you through the steps needed to protect your interests.
If you have been involved in a trip and fall accident or slip and fall accident, contact the Law Offices of Tanya Gomerman today. Call 415-545-8608 to schedule your free consultation.