When you fall in a store, hospital, restaurant, or anywhere else, there is a good chance that you will feel embarrassed and want to call as little attention to yourself as possible. However, this is actually not the best course of action. Like any other personal injury, the steps you take immediately following an accident are important, not only for your health, but for any future claim you may file. Below are the most important steps you should take after any slip and fall accident.
See a Doctor
It is essential that you see a doctor after any slip and fall, or any accident for that matter. Your health is always the most important priority and you must let a doctor examine you and check for injuries. Some injuries, such as concussions, are not always apparent right away but a doctor will know what symptoms to look for so you get the treatment you need as soon as possible. Additionally, a doctor’s report or diagnosis will serve as proof of your injuries when you eventually file a claim.
Report the Accident
It is natural to report a car accident to the police. After a slip and fall, though, accident victims do not think about making a report in the same manner. It is important that you do. If you fell in a store or commercial building, report the incident to a manager, supervisor, or owner. They may ask you to complete an incident report and if they do, it is important that you ask for a copy of that report. If the accident happened at a friend’s house, report it to them or their landlord.
When you have fallen due to someone else’s negligence, such as a store owner that did not clean up a spill, you will have to prove that negligence in your claim. Make sure to obtain the name and contact information of the property owner, as well as the name and contact information of any eyewitnesses. Take pictures of the scene where you fell and of your injuries. Also write down what you were doing just before the accident, as well as the time and date of the accident. Do not wash or throw out the clothes or shoes you are wearing, even if they are dirty or damaged. Place them in a bag, as they can be used as evidence as well.
Do Not Make Statements
You certainly do not want to make any statements to the insurance company of the at-fault party, as they will use whatever you say against you. However, you also should not post to Twitter, Facebook, or anywhere else online. Even speaking about the accident to friends offline is not recommended. Anything you say on these sites will also be held against you.
Speak to a Pennsylvania Slip and Fall Lawyer
After a slip and fall accident, it is imperative that you speak to a Philadelphia personal injury lawyer. While you can file a claim for compensation, you only have a certain amount of time to do so and an attorney will ensure that your claim is filed promptly. At van der Veen, Hartshorn and Levin, we know how to file these claims and protect your rights to ensure you receive the maximum settlement you deserve. When you have been hurt, call us at (215) 486-0123 or contact us online to schedule a free consultation.