Keeping Your Wits After a Slip and Fall Will Help on Your Road to RecoveryDecember 12, 2017
A trip to the supermarket can turn out to be a painful experience beyond paying your bill at the checkout. As you push your cart down the produce aisle, you slip on some clear liquid, crash backward to the floor, injure your back and sustain cuts and bruises to your arms and elbows. The incident leaves you unsettled and in agony.
Despite the extreme amount of pain you may be in, it’s important to keep your wits about you as you go about chronicling the accident to possibly recover medical and other expenses incurred due to negligence by the store owner.
Immediately after a slip and fall accident, you should consider the following: If you are seriously injured, call 9-1-1 and the police immediately. See your physician immediately afterward, as most people aren’t aware of the full extent of their injuries until examined by a doctor.
Obtain the names, addresses and phone numbers of other shoppers or store employees who may have seen you fall on the wet floor before they leave the scene. If you have a smartphone, take a photo of the wet section of the floor in particular, and the entire area of the accident in general. Also, take photos of any external injuries sustained.
Report the accident to the store manager and explain in general how it occurred. Refrain from talking about how the fall happened, assessing blame or making immediate demands about compensation for injuries.
Contact an attorney immediately. Provide legal counsel with all information related to the slip and fall, including witnesses and the store manager or other personnel to whom you reported the accident. Also, what may not come to mind immediately is to report to your attorney the clothing you were wearing, especially footwear.
Customers injured in a slip and fall accidents in a store may have a valid legal claim against the business. However, receiving compensation from the store owner may not be as easy as you might hope.
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