Whether it’s a place of business or someone else’s own home, slip and fall accidents can happen any time, anywhere.
Here is a general checklist of what to do if you suffer a slip and fall accident:
Report the slip and fall accident
Depending on the location, this could mean reporting to the property owner, property manager, retail store manager, your immediate supervisor, etc.
Fill-out an incident report/document for the incident
Depending on the location, there will be different requirements regarding paperwork.
If you suffered a slip and fall at work, you will need to complete any and all paperwork required by your employer.
If you experienced a slip and fall at a public store or other public places, there may be an incident report that you would be asked to complete.
Be sure to obtain and/or retain any copies of such reports.
Seek immediate medical attention
It’s important that you be evaluated by a qualified medical physician as soon as possible.
They can then direct your care, including referring you to a specialist if your injuries require additional or specialized treatment such as a physical therapist, orthopedic surgeon, chiropractor, or massage therapist.
For more information on this topic, see our article, “I Feel Fine After My Accident, Should I See a Doctor?”
Photograph the location
Taking photographs of the location, anything on the floor or ground, any warning signs or lack of signs, and any determining factors in the fall are critical.
We recommend you do this right away if you can, depending on your injuries.
Inquire about any security footage, if possible.
It may also be helpful to take photographs of the clothing, including shoes, you were wearing at the time of the incident.
Document your injuries
It’s important to document your injuries which include photographs.
This includes any scrapes or bruises, swelling, stitches, or orthopedic or assistance medical devices prescribed for you.
This can provide valuable evidence to substantiate your claim.
Gather witnesses’ names, addresses, and phone numbers
This may be difficult to do if you are seriously injured but making note of any witnesses along with their contact information can be very important to your claim.
Remember, you can use a note pad app or the contacts app in your cell phone to record names, addresses, and phone numbers.
Keep the details to yourself
Do not speak about the incident with anyone other than those assisting in completing the initial incident report and, of course, your medical providers.
This includes not sharing details on social media and/or with friends.
Information on social media and communications with friends and family may differ from the information in the incident report or your medical records.
This could cause problems with any claim you make later for your injuries.
Contact an experienced personal injury attorney
Recovering from injuries suffered during a slip and fall accident can be difficult enough without having to deal with the red tape of working with insurance providers to ensure your medical care is paid for.
Depending on the location of the incident, different laws and rules apply that can be very complicated.
Early action on your part to contact an attorney will make the investigation effective and allow you to focus on your recovery.
Contact VanDerGinst Law
Contact VanDerGinst Law as soon as you are able following your accident and initial treatment.
VanDerGinst Law is an experienced law firm that focuses on personal injury law, including slip and fall accidents.
We have knowledgeable and experienced attorneys who understand premise liability in both Iowa and Illinois and can help guide you through the complexities of your cases and help you obtain financial compensation for injuries suffered in slip and fall accidents.
The law is tough and being injured is tougher. We’ll make it easier for you.