If you have had a slip and fall accident, you might be confused or dazed afterward and you might even have hit your head. Because this incident can happen to anyone, you'll want to consider what you would do if you slip, fall, and have an accident. The steps you take can make it easier to pursue litigation in the future.
Your Reaction After a Fall
Fortunately, when slipping and falling, your body might react very quickly and attempt to grab a handrail or anything else that might stop your fall. The body will also contort to try to prevent you from falling. However, there are some cases where you can't save yourself from a fall and you might become injured. This could be because the fall happens faster than you can react. For example, the ground might be very slippery. Or you try to grab a handrail and it may be defective and break causing you to fall.
The Consequences of a Slip and Fall Accident
Slip and fall accidents can lead to medical bills that are very expensive and can lead to you not being able to work and earn a wage. Therefore, you may be dependent on a settlement to pay for all of your expenses. However, if you take the right steps immediately, you'll be more likely to receive a larger settlement when you seek compensation for your injuries.
The Importance of Receiving Medical Attention
You may not believe that you are very injured but some injuries turn out to be more severe than you might expect. If you later find out that the fall caused you to become severely injured, you may find that the insurance provider will attempt to deny your claim because they will insist that you must not be very injured if you didn't receive medical attention right away.
Report your accident to the owner of the building as soon as possible. If you were injured on public property, make sure to report your injury to city or county officials. The longer you wait to report your injury, the less credible that your report of an injury will be.
Prove That the Building Owner Was Negligent
Falling is not enough. You must also prove that your fall was the result of unsafe conditions. While it might be difficult, it's important in a slip and fall accident to try to take photos of the scene and exchange contact information with witnesses.
After a slip and fall accident, reach out to a lawyer at a firm like Nelson Fromer & Crocco Law Offices to see if you have a case.