A slip and fall can happen when you least expect it. Before you brush yourself off and pretend it didn’t happen, there are a few things that you should be doing. This way, you are protected in the event that you are truly injured as a result of the fall.
Report the Accident
The first thing that you need to do is to report the accident. You can’t possibly hold someone accountable if there’s no report that the accident even took place. Particularly with workplace injuries, there is likely a specific procedure that you need to follow. However, even if it happened in a restaurant, a public building, or anywhere else, you will want to make sure that the report gets documented by the police or by the manager of the establishment. When possible, be sure that you walk away with a copy of the report.
See a Doctor
A lot can happen to your body with slip and falls. Although you may feel fine immediately after, it’s likely because of all of the adrenaline racing through your body. You will want to get checked out by a doctor as soon as possible. State laws can dictate how much time can pass following an accident for you to get seen. In most instances, you have about 72 hours to see a doctor. This will ensure that you’re able to tie any injuries that you have to the accident instead of to something else that could have happened.
It may require more than one appointment to get treated from your slip and fall, too. If there are extensive injuries, it’s best to know what they are. A treatment plan can be established to know what will be needed to get you better.
Contact a Lawyer
It’s important to contact a lawyer regarding a slip and fall. They can help you with the case in order to hold the responsible party financially responsible. If the slip and fall wasn’t your fault, you shouldn’t have to pay for all of the medical bills. Further, you may have to lose time away from work. This could take a financial toll on your family. A lawyer will be able to work to get a compensation package for you.
Ultimately, slip and falls can affect you in a variety of different ways. You may only have a small window to work within once you are injured. Focus on what you need to do to ensure that you get the care and compensation that you deserve.