Slip and fall accidents are among the most common leading to personal injury lawsuits. People of all ages suffer slip and fall accidents, and the injuries range from mild inconvenience to severe or even debilitating.
Many slip and fall accidents happen in public places, especially stores. Stores are particularly common locations for slip and fall accidents due to:
- Tile floors becoming slippery if liquid spills
- Merchandise may be left in boxes or carts on or near walkways
- Employees may not place warning signs near hazards
If you slip and fall in a store, your initial reaction is likely to brush it off and try to avoid an embarrassing conversation with the people around you. However, it is important to realize that if you have been injured, there are certain things you can and should do to protect yourself.
What to Do after a Slip and Fall Accident
If you have slipped and fallen while in a store, here are some tips for what to do to protect yourself, your health, and your legal rights.
Get Medical Attention – Even if you only feel bruised, you should get medical attention after a slip and fall accident. You may have injuries that are not immediately apparent. If you plan to file a report or insurance claim, you also want to have medical documentation that a slip and fall accident occurred, where, and when.
Report the Accident – If the accident happened at a store or other public place, you should definitely report it to the manager. Report all the details that you remember, including the cause of the accident and what you are experiencing physically. If you are injured and require immediate medical attention, make sure the accident is reported to the manager by a friend, family member, or yourself after getting treated.
Document the Situation – If you are physically able, collect the contact information for the store manager, witnesses, and anyone else relevant. Take photos of the accident scene and any hazards that caused the accident. Take photos of your injuries as well. If you are unable to gather information yourself, find out if anyone else at the scene has that information. As you get medical care, keep copies of all records. Place your clothing and shoes in a plastic bag in case it is needed as evidence. Photograph everything relevant to the accident, including changes in your injuries.
Avoid Giving Statements – Insurance companies may contact you to get a statement about your accident. Avoid giving any statements until you have discussed the case with an attorney. Insurance companies may try to use your statements against you. Do not post information about your accident or injuries on social media. Never admit fault or blame your accident on someone else publicly.
Contact an Attorney – After a slip and fall accident in a store, the best course of action is to take no action until you contact an attorney. Slip and fall injury cases are complicated and often involve insurance companies and legal teams for the store. It is best to work with an experienced personal injury attorney to build a strong case before attempting any action.
Legal Guidance for Slip and Fall Cases
At The Embry Law Firm, we understand that a slip and fall accident is a frustrating experience. You may feel embarrassed, and may be in pain due to your injuries. The last thing you need is the stress of communicating with insurance companies, or battling a corporation about covering the cost of your injuries. Fortunately, you don’t have to.
When you work with The Embry Law Firm, our slip and fall injury attorneys will work with you every step of the way. We will help you build a strong case and will work on your behalf to get the compensation you deserve. You can focus on healing while we do the legwork. Contact us today to schedule a free consultation.