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3 steps to take after a slip-and-fall accident

With motor vehicle accidents such a high risk for anyone who drives, you likely are prepared with knowing what to do after a collision. But do you know what you should do after a slip-and-fall accident? Falls are the top reason for a visit to the ER, shares the National Floor Safety Institute.

Before you get anxious about another thing to worry about, know that the steps to take are similar to the ones following an auto accident but even fewer.

1. Report it

No matter what kind of accident you are in, you always need to report it to the proper authorities without delay. First is filing a report with the police. You also need to notify the owner or manager of the property about the accident. Taking these preliminary steps to establish official records will be beneficial to your premises liability case. However, do not admit any fault on your part in sharing the details of what happened. Speak to an attorney first.

2. Document it

If possible, document the accident scene before you leave using your cellphone if you have one. Take pictures of whatever caused the slip (or trip) and fall: a wet floor, a broken sidewalk, an obstructed walkway, an icy parking lot, faulty equipment, etc. Also take photos of your injuries and any damage to personal property, both of which can show the severity of the fall. Talk to any eyewitnesses to gather additional evidence. You can even ask them for their contact information in case you need to speak with them again.

3. Get medical attention

Slips, trips and falls usually do not lead to catastrophic injuries, which are very obvious emergencies. Rather, your injuries may be less recognizable or take time to develop symptoms. However, that does not mean you should wait until things get worse. See a doctor immediately for a thorough assessment to help you heal properly and to link the injuries to the accident. 

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