The fall season comes with many exciting transformations. The leaves start to change colors as the temperatures ease, and as winter waits in the wings, the holiday season approaches.
But it’s not always all fun, because slip and fall incidents tend to increase at this time of the year. The rains beat down harder as winter approaches, and the surfaces we tread upon become slippery. The most common risk factors for a slip and fall are wet leaves, snow, a wet floor or an uneven surface,
While many people are likely to feel embarrassed when they trip and fall in public, the truth is that they might not be at fault. On many occasions, the owner of the property within which they fell can be held responsible for failure to maintain their premises.
As an example, you might trip, fall and sustain injuries simply as a result of inadequate lighting or wet surfaces. If you fall on a slippery floor or because it is too dark to see, the property owner may be responsible for not having adequate lighting or failing to timely clean up the wet area
What to Do After a Slip and Fall Accident
Slip and fall accidents can be startling, particularly if the victim sustains a serious injury. However, it’s important to try and remain as calm as you can. Going into a panic will only make it difficult to know the next steps to take (or to even ask for help the right way).
Here’s a quick overview of the steps to take:
Document the Accident
Take pictures of the surface on which you slipped and fell, and the surrounding scenery. If there was something specific you fell on grab you phone and take a picutre that shows the area where you fell. Many people are frazzled after they fall and, if they can remember to take a photograph, only take a close up of what they fell on. But when they look at the photograph later it looks like just a blob of snow or a piece of cement. Taking photographs of the entire area can significantly help their case. And don’t forget to take photographs of your injuries: bruises, breaks, casts and hospital stays.
Call for help if other people are in the vicinity. If there were any witnesses to the accident, write down their names and contact information. This simple and quick documentation process will prove vital if you decide to file a personal injury suit against the owner of the premises.
Notify The Owner of the Property
Be sure to get the location or address of the place of your accident and report it to the owner or manager BEFORE you leave the location, if you can.
Seek medical attention
Call an ambulance or go see a doctor immediately. According to the CDC, one out of five slip and fall incidents will result in serious injuries, such as a fractured bone or a head injury. So, it’s good to go see a doctor even if the injury doesn’t look that bad.
Find a Dependable Slip and Fall Injury Attorney
Premises owners are charged with the duty to care for and maintain their property so that it poses no threat of harm for anyone who passes through lawfully. If the responsible party failed in this obligation you are entitled to sue for compensation.
However, these cases come with many legal complexities, and this is where the services of an excellent personal injury lawyer can save the day. If you have been injured in a slip and fall accident, call The Law Offices of Thomas More Holland at 215-592-8080.