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Slip and Fall Lawyer

More than one million people suffer a trip and fall accident in the United States every year. These accidents can cause serious injuries or even death. If you were injured in a slip and fall accident because of the actions of another party, you may be able to recover damages from the negligent party with the help of a slip and fall lawyer. These are five steps you should take after an accident occurs.

1. Get Medical Treatment

Getting prompt medical treatment is important both for your recovery and for your potential claim. Your main concern should be getting the medical care you need, but it is also important to have this documentation for your case. If you wait to get treatment, the insurance company or the court may question whether your injuries were caused by the accident or something else that happened afterward.

2. Document the Event

Documentation is very important for proving your case. If there were any witnesses to the accident, get their names, addresses, email addresses, and phone numbers. Take photographs of the location where the accident occurred. Be sure to photograph anything, such as ice, a loose rug, stairs without handrails, or other conditions that may have caused your accident. Make note of what you were doing before you fell, how the fall occurred, the date and time of the accident and any other details that may be helpful. Put the clothing and shoes you were wearing when you fell in storage. You may need them as evidence. 

3. File a Report

Report your accident to the owner or manager of the property where your accident occurred. Ask for a written copy of your report. 

4. Do Not Provide Any Statements

Once you have reported your accident, avoid communicating with the property owner or manager until after you have contacted an attorney. If you obtain representation, direct the insurance company and any other parties who want to discuss the incident to your attorney. Don’t talk about your accident on social media. 

5. Contact an Attorney

Slip and fall cases can be complicated and difficult to prove. Consulting with a personal injury attorney can help you avoid making mistakes that could hurt your case. 

Taking these five steps after a trip and fall accident can help you successfully recover from a negligent party. However, you may still need assistance to successfully prove your claim. Contact a slip and fall lawyer to discuss your case before you settle with the insurance company or the other party.