Sometimes slipping or falling can result in serious injury. These injuries may lead to hefty medical bills and an inability to work. The results can be devastating to families, making it imperative to take the proper steps. The following are five things to make sure you do directly following a slip and fall injury.
1. Seek Medical Attention
Even if injuries appear to be minor, it’s important to see a doctor as soon as possible after the fall. What may appear to be a simple sprain could possibly be a more serious injury. Some serious injuries aren’t obvious at the time they occur. Sometimes lack of mobility can develop several days later after swelling occurs.
2. Report the Incident
If the fall took place in a store, report the incident to the manager. If it occurred in an apartment building, make sure the landlord is notified. It’s necessary to create a paper trail regarding the incident and any injuries that occurred.
3. Gather Documentation
Start out by obtaining the names and phone numbers of any witnesses who saw the incident. It’s also recommended to take pictures if possible of the area where the injury took place. It can even be important to keep the clothing that was worn during the incident. It is crucial to gather as much documentation as possible.
4. Don’t Give the Insurance Company a Statement
A claim adjuster may contact you and try to get you to give a recorded statement. It’s critical not to do this. You may not understand everything about your injuries or the place where the injury took place. Your words may later be used against you. This also means staying silent about the incident on social media. This could be the same as giving an insurance company a documented statement.
5. Contact an Attorney
If you or a loved one have been the victim of a slip and fall injury, you need an attorney who will fight for the rights of you and your family. Laura Y. Rodriguez has successfully handled many types of injury cases. Contact Laura Y. Rodriguez & Associates for a free case review. Attorney Rodriguez is a slip fall lawyer in Houston. The office of Laura Y. Rodriguez & Associates is available to meet with you 7 days a week, 24 hours a day.