A slip and fall accident can occur anywhere and at any time and can result in serious, even life-threatening injuries. Unless you have been involved in a slip and fall accident before you may have no idea what to do should you find yourself the victim of one. In fact, you may not even recognize the incident as a slip and fall accident. In order to be prepared, try to keep the following immediate steps to take if you have been injured in a slip and fall accident in mind.
- Recognize you are a victim. True accidents do, of course, occur. Some people are naturally clumsy; however, all too often a slip, trip, or fall is the result of a hazardous condition on the property. If you are on the property of someone else, and your slip and fall was caused in whole, or in part, by a hazardous condition on the property you are likely the victim of a compensable slip and fall accident.
- Evaluate your injuries.
- Contact supervisor, manager, or property owner. Always make sure that someone in charge is aware that the accident occurred before you leave the property.
- Gather contact information. Along with the name and contact information for the person in charge, also get contact information for potential witnesses and/or employees if you are able to do so before you leave.
- Document the scene. In today’s electronic age almost everyone has a camera in a phone or tablet. If your injuries permit, try and snap a few pictures of the scene of the accident before you leave.
- Submit to a complete medical evaluation. Accept transport to the hospital or allow a friend or family member to take you for a complete evaluation. Some slip and fall injuries, particularly head injuries, do not show symptoms until hours, even days, after the accident. A traumatic brain injury, however, can be deadly if not diagnosed and treated immediately after the accident.
- Do not speak to anyone about the accident. An insurance adjuster from the property owner’s liability insurer may try and contact you just to “check on you” or “clear up what happened.” Do not speak to anyone until you have consulted with an attorney.
- Consult with an attorney. If a hazardous condition on the property did contribute to your slip and fall accident you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries. Consult with an experienced slip and fall attorney as soon after your accident as possible to ensure that your rights are protected.
If you have additional questions or concerns about a potential slip and fall accident, contact the Louisiana personal injury attorneys at Broussard & Hart, LLC by calling 337-439-2450 to schedule your appointment today.