Whether your accident occurs on commercial or residential property, acting quickly is essential. Injuries can worsen if left untreated, and it’s important to start a paper trail for any expenses that you may incur.
What Is a Slip and Fall Accident?
In the legal world, a slip and fall accident is defined as any incident in which a person slips or trips and sustains an injury on someone else’s property. Since these incidents occur on another person’s property, the owner may be held liable.
Several factors contribute to slip and fall accidents. You might trip on torn carpeting, uneven flooring, poorly lit areas, or a wet floor. Weather conditions often play a key role in slip and fall accidents.
Steps to Take After an Accident
You should act quickly to seek care and legal advice after a fall. The following steps may save time and help get you on the right track.
- Get medical care. Waiting to seek care allows injuries to worsen, which can increase costs and prevent timely healing. Prompt medical attention also provides documentation of your injuries, which is an important part of a slip and fall claim.
- Report the accident to the owner or manager. Documentation is essential in a slip and fall case, and alerting the responsible parties immediately ensures that there’s a paper trail. If it’s a business, ask for a copy of the accident report.
- Take notes and jot down details. If you have a friend or family member with you, you can entrust this step to them while you seek medical attention. Have them take note of where you were injured, the conditions of the area near the fall, and any circumstances that contributed to your fall. If there are any nearby witnesses, gather their contact information.
- Seek legal help. Many factors contribute to a slip and fall accident, which is why it’s important to trust your case to an expert. A personal injury lawyer can dig into the details of your case, handle deadlines, and let you focus on healing. They can also communicate with the property owner on your behalf.
Call an Attorney
Waiting too long to seek help or file a slip and fall claim can limit your ability to receive compensation. Let the experts at Zimmet & Zimmet handle your slip and fall case. Contact us today at (386) 255-6400 for a free case review.