Slip and Fall Accident Tips
Slip and fall accidents can happen anywhere, at any time, so you must be prepared to protect your legal rights. Slip and fall injuries can be very serious, and your medical bills could turn into piles of debt if you don't get the compensation you deserve.
But what should you do after you slip and fall? Whether you're at a shopping mall or walking on a sidewalk in your neighborhood, here are some tips for what to do after a slip and fall accident.
And remember, you need an experienced attorney to protect your interests and take care of the hassles related to your slip and fall accident. Trust our lawyers at Edgar Snyder & Associates – we have over 30 years of experience and have helped hundreds of slip and fall accident victims.
What to Do After a Slip and Fall Accident
- Get medical help as soon as possible. Your health should be your number one priority. Plus, you will need to have your injuries documented to receive compensation for your medical bills.
- Immediately report the accident to the store manager, landlord, homeowner, or person in charge of the facility where you fell. If you fell in a business or on a rental property, the manager or landlord should take a report of the accident. If you are busy being treated by emergency medical personnel, call back to make sure they recorded an accident report. Obtain a copy of any existing slip and fall accident report before leaving the scene, even if the accident was documented by someone other than a police officer.
- If you slip or trip and fall on a homeowner's property, limit talking to them as much as possible. You can tell them you fell, but don't get emotional or angry. Avoid arguing, and focus on the most important thing – getting treatment for your injuries.
- Take photos of the EXACT location where you fell, and of any conditions that may have contributed to or caused your slip and fall accident. Take notes of any conditions, the time of the accident, etc. These photos are very important to determine who's to blame (depending on who owns the property) and the condition that caused your injuries. For example, a homeowner could shovel and salt his or her sidewalk within hours of your slip and fall accident; if there are no photos proving that the sidewalk was untreated, it can be hard to prove your slip and fall case. If you fall on a sidewalk close to a property line, it's important to know exactly where you fell, and on whose property.
- Collect the names, addresses, and phone numbers of any witnesses.
- Place the shoes and clothing that you were wearing at the time of the accident in a safe storage place.
- Contact an attorney before you talk to the insurance company or sign any papers. Otherwise, you may give up your rights to be compensated for pain and suffering, medical bills, and lost wages. Many insurance companies offer to pay your medical bills and want you to sign papers that basically state you will not file a claim against them. However, these "medical bills" may be for initial treatment only. What if you will need surgery? What if your injuries are permanent? What if you have missed work time? The bottom line – contact Edgar Snyder & Associates, before it's too late.
Slip and Fall Accident? Get a Free Legal Evaluation Now
If you were injured in a slip and fall accident, be sure to follow the steps above. Then, contact the Pennsylvania law firm of Edgar Snyder & Associates for a free legal evaluation. It's absolutely free, and there's no obligation to use our services.
Slip and fall accidents can be devastating, and cause serious injuries. Be sure to protect your legal rights and find out if you have a case – before it's too late and evidence disappears. Our phones answer 24/7, and we're ready to answer your questions.