6 Steps to Take After a Slip and Fall In an Orlando Business
In the immediate aftermath of a slip and fall accident, there are certain actions you need to take. Often, people overlook the potentially severe dangers posed by a slip and fall. After all, everyone has slipped on a wet spot or tripped over a raised sidewalk at some point or another. Still, there is potential for severe, and even debilitating, long-term injuries after a slip and fall or trip and fall accident.
If you suffered injuries from a slip and fall accident at a local Orlando business, you should know that business owners have a responsibility to keep their premises safe and clear of hazards. You also have the right to pursue a personal injury claim. Contact an experienced attorney to discuss your legal options.
What Do I Need to Do after a Slip and Fall or Trip and Fall?
It is important that you take immediate steps to preserve your case following a slip and fall that resulted in an injury. Below, you will find six specific steps that you should always take immediately following a slip and fall or trip and fall accident:
Call Emergency Medical Services
Even if you initially feel no pain, it is a good idea to contact emergency medical personnel immediately after your slip and fall. If you have any inkling that your injury could be serious, you should seek urgent medical care. This is especially true when a person hits their head during a slip and fall. In such a scenario, the person may think they are fine, only to have severe and possibly fatal complications shortly afterwards. Additionally, contacting emergency medical services further proves the seriousness and legitimacy of your claim if your case goes to court.
Determine the Cause
If you are able to do so, try to figure out exactly what caused your slip and fall by scanning your surroundings. There are numerous hazards that can result in slip and fall incidents, such as torn or loose carpet, uneven surfaces, and ice or moisture. Alert the property owner right away, along with any workers or customers. This will prevent others from getting hurt as well.
Once you regain mobility and awareness, you will want to gather as much evidence as you can. The first and most obvious piece of evidence will be photos. You should take photos of whatever it was that caused your slip and fall. You should also talk to any witnesses of either the accident itself or the conditions that led to the accident. Speaking with a witness will help you corroborate the conditions that led to the accident even if the person did not actually witness the fall itself. Lastly, document everything you can. Write down your version of events, any relevant information about where the accident occurred, and names and other relevant information about anyone involved.
File an Insurance Claim
You will want to file a claim with your insurance company, especially if you are injured to the point of needing medical care. Filing a claim will be useful in the short-term by helping you get the medical care you need. In the long-term, filing a claim provides a steady paper trail of your case, should you decide to file a lawsuit.
Seek Medical Treatment
Even if you do not call emergency medical services to take you to the hospital, make sure you seek timely treatment following your injury. If you do not seek medical treatment, the courts will likely believe your lawsuit is frivolous and unwarranted.
Seek the Advice of an Attorney
If you suffered a slip and fall accident due to someone else’s negligence, you deserve to be compensated. You should contact an experienced personal injury lawyer to discuss your legal options.
Contact The Umansky Law Firm to Discuss Your Slip-and-Fall Case Today
The seasoned personal injury attorneys at The Umansky Law Firm know how to get results for our clients. If you have been injured in a slip-and-fall, please contact us today for a free consultation. You can reach us by phone or through our website.