5 Steps to Take Following a Slip & Fall Accident
Statistics show that most people will suffer from a slip and fall accident at some point in their lives. The Centers for Disease Control reports that there are nearly 32,000 unintentional fall deaths in the U.S. each year and many more injuries. In fact, more than 800,000 patients are hospitalized annually for fall injuries, often because of hip fractures and head injuries. Slip and falls are also the most common cause of traumatic brain injuries (TBI).
The truth is that a slip and fall accident can happen at any time and in just about any location. These accidents can be terrifying because, by their very nature, they are something that you weren’t expecting. You may find your life disrupted with the need for medical care, lost time from work, and even permanent impairment. This creates undue financial and emotional hardship for you and your family.
When a fall wasn’t your fault, there’s a good chance that you can recover compensation for your losses through a premises liability case. Alabama law holds that property owners must maintain property that is safe and, when they don’t, they could be responsible for injuries that occur on their premises. Whether the injury takes place at a business or residence, it is important that you take certain steps to preserve your case after a slip and fall accident. Here are five specific steps you should take immediately following a slip and fall in Alabama.
- Seek Medical Treatment.
Some slip and fall accidents may appear to be minor on the surface, but they can result in severe injuries. Because of this, you should seek medical attention as soon as possible after the accident. Tests and examination by a physician may reveal injuries that aren’t immediately apparent. Be sure to document your medical care, keep copies of all bills, and follow your doctor’s treatment regimen and orders.
- Report the Accident. When you’ve had a slip and fall accident on someone else’s property, you’ll need to file a report. If the fall happened at a business, let the manager or business owner know what happened. If it was another person, report the incident to them. When you file your report, stick to the facts as you know them and avoid discussing fault or offering too many details.
- Document Everything. The best way to prevail in a slip and fall case is to have as much documentation of the accident and site conditions as possible. This means that you should take pictures of the scene and of your injuries. If there are surveillance cameras in the area, ask for copies of the video to hold as evidence. Some of the site conditions that you can document with images and video include:
- Slippery substances on the floor
- Lack of warning signs
- Jagged carpet or uneven flooring
- Loose debris in the area
- Protect Your Rights. When you’ve been injured in a slip and fall accident, you might be tempted to speak with as many people as possible about your case, but this is often a mistake. Your personal injury attorney will advise you to avoid speaking to friends, co-workers, and even some family members about your accident. This means that you should also stay off social media. One of the best ways to protect your rights is also to avoid speaking with insurance adjusters or their attorneys. These parties don’t have your best interests in mind and will only try to get you to compromise your rights.
- Call an Attorney. Speak with a qualified Alabama personal injuryattorney as soon as possible and ask them to review your case. An experienced law firm will possess the resources necessary to prepare your case and pursue the parties responsible for your damages.
Speak With an Experienced Mobile Premises Liability Attorney
Following these important steps after a slip and fall accident could make the difference between your unintentionally compromising your rights and obtaining the highest level of compensation possible for your losses. The slip and fall accident attorneys at the Law Office of J. Allan Brown have many years experience handling even the most complex Alabama premises liability cases. We will review the circumstances of your accident and help gather evidence to determine if you have a viable claim.
Contact us today at 251.473.6691 or online to get started with a free initial consultation.