With cold weather on the way, slip and fall accidents will be on the rise. When the outside conditions become icy and wet, trying to avoid a fall can be quite difficult. Each year, accidental slip and falls cause thirty thousand serious injuries and twenty thousand deaths.
Poor or careless maintenance of sidewalks, parking lots and roads can quickly become dangerous for pedestrians.
Below are a few steps you should take after being involved in a slip and fall accident. It is important to try and follow these tips to have a successful claim against the at fault party.
- Medical Treatment: No matter how minor your fall may have been, seeking medical attention is important to diagnose any underlying injuries that might not be immediately apparent. It is important to document your medical treatment, keep copies of medical records and bills and follow your doctor’s orders.
- Report Your Fall: If you had your slip and fall on someone else’s property, it is important to report the accident to the property owner or business.
- Documentation: Take pictures of the accident scene and of your injuries. Try and take note of the area where you fell and why. For example: substances on the floor, uneven pavement or loose debris.
- Protect Yourself: Do not discuss your fall/case with too many people and especially on social media. The negligent party typically does not have your best interest in mind.
- Contact an Attorney: Contact an experienced personal injury attorney as soon as possible to review your claim. It is important to hold negligent parties accountable for your injuries.
Recovering compensation after a slip and fall accident.
Slip falls are one of the most common injury claims pursued during the winter months. These types of accidents can often lead to serious injuries which means costly medical bills and missed time from work.
If the owner of the property failed to maintain, take appropriate precautions or fix a known problem that contributed to the fall, a personal injury claim may be pursued. If you or someone you know were injured in a slip and fall accident, contact the personal injury attorneys at Berger and Green at 412-661-1400 for a free no obligation consultation.