Since humans have walked they have fallen. Unfortunately, some falls happen due to circumstances out of your control.
According to the National Safety Council, more than 6.8 million sought treatment in emergency rooms for slip-and-fall injuries in 2019. If a fall happens while at work, out for a neighborhood stroll or at the grocery, consider the following steps to recoup potential losses from your injuries.
1. Get medical help
Your safety should always come first. People often underestimate the potential severity of a fall. While you may clearly realize some injuries, such as a broken bone, others may go unnoticed. Seeking medical help enables the discovery of hidden injuries and provides a timeline and documentation of the injuries sustained.
2. Report the event
Depending on the location of the fall, ensure you file a claim with your employer or the business. If it happens on a neighboring property, inform the owner or landlord of the incident and consider calling the police. Before leaving the scene, and if safe for you to do so, request a copy of the report.
3. Document the situation
From witnesses to potential accident causes, document everything you can at the scene. This includes taking photos of the area and yourself. Write down any other relevant information regarding the location, such as video surveillance, as well as a detailed description of how your fall happened.
When you experience a slip-and-fall accident, the situation easily becomes hectic and full of uncertainty. Not paying attention to yourself and the facts may affect your chances of filing a successful claim. Follow us on Facebook to get the latest news and updates from Spencer and Associates.