Hurt in a Slip-and-Fall Accident? 6 Steps to Take Immediately

Slip and fall accidents can lead to serious injuries, including but not limited to broken bones, spinal cord trauma, and traumatic brain injuries. For you, this means costly medical bills, lost wages if you cannot work, and an often-painful recovery. To protect your right to file a claim against the at-fault party, take the following steps immediately after the incident.

1.   Report the Accident

No matter where the accident happened – on a public sidewalk, in a shopping mall, or even at your best friend’s home – report it to whoever has care and control of the premises. Ask them to make a written report and, unless immediate hospitalization appears to be necessary, get a copy of the report before you leave.

2.   Seek Medical Treatment

See your family doctor or go to the emergency room as soon as possible after the slip and fall. You may feel as if you didn’t hurt yourself, but some catastrophic injuries have symptoms that are not immediately apparent. You also want to ensure that your injuries are properly documented, as medical records are an essential part of filing a claim.

3.   Follow Medical Advice

If your injuries do not require hospitalization, your doctor will prescribe a treatment plan. Be sure to follow their instructions to the letter. Not only is this important for your wellbeing, but it will demonstrate that you have been actively supporting your own recovery.

4.    Document All Circumstances of the Slip and Fall

If you are able and there were witnesses to the accident, get their names and contact information. Unless your phone was damaged, take pictures of the location where you fell and the reason why you slipped, such as a pool of water or an icy patch on a sidewalk. Set aside the shoes or boots you were wearing, as they could serve as important evidence in a future claim.

5.   Be Careful What You Say

You may be in so much pain that you want to lose your temper, but remain calm and do not make accusations OR accept responsibility by saying something like “I was on my phone and never saw that puddle.” Refrain from mentioning the accident to friends, posting details on social media, or making a statement to an insurance company until you’ve spoken to an attorney.

6.   Contact a Personal Injury Attorney

Slip and fall cases can be complicated to prove, as few property owners or managers readily admit to being negligent. If the defendant is a municipality, the process can be especially complex. An experienced personal injury attorney will guide you through all the necessary legal steps to recover the compensation you deserve.

When you are hurt in a Missouri slip and fall accident, you may be so worried about medical bills and lost wages that it can be hard to think clearly. Follow the steps above and contact Ryan R. Cox & Associates. We are experienced Missouri personal injury attorneys who fight for clients that have been injured by another person or entity’s negligence. Consultations are free, so please call 636-946-6886 today.

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Ryan R. Cox & Associates, LLC

Ryan R. Cox & Associates, LLC is a litigation law firm that represents individuals and families in serious personal injury and wrongful death claims throughout Missouri. We help people who have been injured in all types of accidents—including car or truck accidents, motorcycle accidents, slip and fall accidents, and much more. Whether your injury is something that can cause long-term issues like a brain injury or spinal cord injury, or it is something you’ll likely make a full recovery from, we are here to help.

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