Slip and Fall Accidents: Your First Steps
You expect to be safe when you go to a public venue. If you have been injured from a slip and fall at a bar, restaurant, shopping mall or hotel you can hold the proprietors accountable if they did not take proper steps to prevent the accident. To do so, you must act quickly and decisively after the accident.
Here are some of the steps you should take after a slip-and-fall accident:
1. Seek medical attention from the hospital or your doctor
If you are seriously injured, call an ambulance. It is important to be examined by a medical professional to ensure you receive proper treatment for your injuries.
2. Report your injury
Inform the manager on duty that you have been injured. You should also ensure that the accident is accurately documented and that you receive a copy of this report.
3. Photograph everything
This will be much easier to do if you are with company. Ensure that the friend, colleague, or family member you are with uses their smart phone to photograph the accident scene. They should also record statements of people who witnessed the accident. When in the hospital, take pictures of the affected area before it is cleaned and bandaged.
4. Hire an Aurora personal injury lawyer as soon as possible
Stores and restaurants often have evidence and video footage of the incident, which can help identify the cause of your accident. An attorney will make sure that this evidence is preserved.
5. Avoid talking to the owner’s insurance company
The owner’s insurer may call you after the accident to offer a settlement. Do not speak to the insurance adjuster. You should refer them to your attorney. Also, you should never give a recorded statement to the insurance company.
If you have been the victim of a slip-and-fall accident, you should speak to a personal injury attorney Aurora at Woodruff Johnson & Evans.