Slipping on ice and falling can result in a number of mild to severe injuries, the most common of which are:
- Hip injury
- Concussion/traumatic brain injury
- Spinal cord injuries
- Back injuries
- Broken bones
If you have sustained a slip-and-fall injury of any kind, you may be entitled to compensation. It is important to follow the proper procedure after your accident if you are seeking financial compensation due to negligence.
Do you have an injury from a slip-and-fall incident?
Here is a breakdown of what you should do after this type of injury occurs.
What to Do After You Fall
Get Witness Info
If anyone witnessed your accident, talk to them and make sure to get their names and contact information. Get statements describing what happened if you can. It is better to get statements from independent witnesses (people you do not know personally) as opposed to a friend or family member who happened to be with you when you fell.
Take photos of the exact location where you fell. Photos showing the dangerous ice or snow that led to your fall are important to illustrate exactly what the conditions were like the day of your injury.
Report the Accident to the Property/Business Owner
Depending on where your accident occurs, let the business or property owner know what happened immediately. Explain to them exactly what occurred, why it happened, and what the proprietor could do to prevent it, such as shovel or salt the walk.
Go to a Doctor
It is important to go to a doctor and get your injuries checked out, even if you think that they are minor. In addition to simply being practical for your health, it is necessary to have your injuries documented by a healthcare professional.
Talk to a Personal Injury Lawyer
Get in touch with a reliable personal injury lawyer and talk over your situation. Your lawyer can let you know if you may be entitled to compensation, outline your options, and help you determine the best way to proceed.
At Hoogbruin, we offer free consultations so you can talk to a skilled personal injury lawyer right away.