Slip and fall accidents happen all the time. If you happen to suffer a fall, then you more than likely won't know the extent of damage suffered, or if any was suffered at all, until later. It can often take hours or days for injuries to present themselves. This is why it is important for you to make sure you handle everything correctly right from the moment you suffer a slip and fall. Not only are your actions important for your health and well-being, but also in case you find yourself in the midst of a lawsuit.
What to do when you have a pretty bad fall: Once you have fallen, you want to carefully check out your surroundings, make sure nothing has fallen on top of you and you aren't trapped. Make sure you haven't fallen where you are in immediate danger if you don't move right away.
Once you have determined you are safe for the time being, you want to call out for help and have someone call for an ambulance if you can't reach your phone. If you really feel an ambulance isn't necessary, you should still go in to seek treatment and to make sure you don't have any injuries. You can have someone drive you to the emergency room or make an appointment with your doctor right away.
Many times injuries can be determined that you may not have had any idea happened because your adrenaline can cover up many pains. Also, if it does end up where your slip and fall accident was due to negligence, then you want to do all you can to make your case strong and getting immediate medical attention will help you to make your case stronger.
Fully inspect and record the area where you fell: If you are unable to do this part yourself, then have a friend, family member or someone else who is willing do it for you. There is usually a reason for a slip and fall accident to have taken place. Look for uneven flooring, wet flooring, things on the floor that shouldn't be, loose carpet, wrinkled rugs or other things that may have caused you to slip and fall. Have pictures and/or video taken of the whole area.
Collect contact information from anyone who witnessed your accident: Try to collect the names, numbers, and addresses of anyone who actually saw the accident take place, they may be witnesses in the future should you take your case to court.
Contact an attorney: If it turns out that your slip and fall ended up being more than a simple slip with no injuries, contact an attorney like those at Jack W Hanemann, P.S. right away. They will help you to take your case to court or to reach a settlement.