A slip and fall can happen to anyone at any time. Experienced personal injury attorneys know that in particular, children and elderly people are prone to getting hurt in falls. Knowing what to ask yourself if you slip, trip, and fall can help you decide whether to pursue your claim for compensation.
How to Evaluate a Personal Injury After a Slip & Fall
1. Did I injure myself?
If you feel pain, feel dizzy, or see blood, seek immediate medical attention. Even if you feel fine, you should have a full physical. A slip and fall can result in neck and back injuries and other internal damage, such as bone fractures, bruised organs, and traumatic brain injuries. Don’t hesitate to call 911 for help or to ask someone to call for you.
2. What was the reason for my fall?
You may know why you fell, such as tripping on uneven pavement, or slipping on a slick, wet floor. Whether or not you’re sure, take photos or video of the scene to support your personal injury claim if you pursue one. Documentation will help your personal injury attorney’s efforts to obtain full compensation for you.
3. Did anyone see me fall?
If people were in the area before you fell, they may have seen what happened. However, you don’t have to have witnesses to recover damages for personal injury.
4. When should I make an accident report?
If you are at work, notify your employer immediately after your fall. If it is not a work-related incident, as soon as possible after you seek medical attention, notify your insurance company. In circumstances such as dangerous street conditions, you may want to make a police report.
5. What’s my next step?
Follow your medical provider’s instructions. It’s a good idea to contact a personal injury attorney to discuss whether you have a claim worth pursuing.
The Law Office of Gregory S. Young provides Ohio and Kentucky residents with wise legal counsel and skilled representation in personal injury cases, including slip and fall claims. Based in Cincinnati, OH, this law firm has accumulated more than 50 years of successful advocacy for clients, from dog bite victims to medical malpractice cases. If you get hurt, you can depend on the availability of a personal injury attorney 24/7. Request a free case evaluation online or call (513) 721-1077 now.