A serious fall can cause debilitating injuries ranging from broken bones to brain trauma. According to the National Safety Council, slips and falls account for at least 1 million emergency room visits annually, and they are the leading cause of lost days from work.
Surgeries, rehabilitation, and lost wages can cost a veritable fortune after a fall. If you are concerned about your financial security after a slip and fall accident, contact the Luke Dow Law Firm.
Depending on the cause of your fall, you may have grounds for a claim against the property owner. Attorney Luke Dow will evaluate your case, gather evidence, interview witnesses, and help you fight for the maximum compensation. Call 512-518-4104 today to schedule a free initial consultation with an accident lawyer in Austin.
What Should I Do after a Slip and Fall?
The shock of a serious fall can make it seem impossible to think clearly – especially if you were severely injured; however, your statements and actions in the immediate aftermath can have a profound impact on the outcome of your personal injury claim.
In order for your claim to be successful, you or your attorney will have to prove that the property owner or manager owed you a duty of care, breached that duty, and the breach of duty caused your injury or loss. In the state of Texas, property owners have a duty to make their premises reasonably safe for guests. If they breach that duty by failing to perform reasonable maintenance or by failing to resolve a hazard in a reasonable amount of time, and this causes an injury, the victim may have grounds for a premises liability claim.
Let’s examine eight steps that you should take immediately after a slip and fall:
- Check Yourself for Injuries: A slip and fall can injure almost any part of your body. Several hours might pass before the full extent of your injuries becomes apparent, so you should take note of any back, neck, or hip pain.
- Contact Law Enforcement: You will need an incident report to file your personal injury claim. This report will contain important details about your accident including the location, time, date, cause, and whether you sustained injuries.
- Speak to Witnesses: Eyewitnesses may have seen the events that led to your fall. Your attorney may use their testimonies to prove negligence and liability.
- Report the Incident: File a written incident report with the store manager.
- Take Pictures: Take photos that show your injuries and the hazard that caused your fall.
- Request CCTV Camera Footage: If there are CCTV cameras on the property, ask to see the footage. Record it with your cell phone, and request a copy.
- Seek Medical Attention: Even if your symptoms seem minor, you should still undergo a medical evaluation. If you do not visit your doctor and you later decide to file a personal injury claim, the insurance company might argue that your injuries were caused by something else or that your own negligence contributed to their severity.
- Contact an Accident Lawyer: A personal injury attorney can help you navigate the claims process and avoid costly mistakes that would harm your claim.