What to Do After a Slip, Trip, and Fall Incident

February 14, 2024  |  Adriel B. Villarreal

A slip, trip, and fall incident is an unfortunate event that can happen to anyone, anywhere. Whether it’s a wet floor at a grocery store, an icy sidewalk during winter, or a poorly maintained staircase, these accidents often result in serious personal injuries. In this blog, we’ll explore what to do after a slip, trip, and fall incident.

Prioritize Your Safety

Immediately after a slip, trip, and fall, prioritize your safety and seek medical attention. Even if injuries seem minor at first, it’s important to consult with a healthcare professional to assess the extent of your injuries. Prompt medical care not only ensures your well-being but also creates a documented record of the injuries sustained.

Report the Incident

If a slip, trip, and fall occurred on someone else’s property, report the incident to the property owner, manager, or relevant personnel. Make sure to provide a detailed account of what happened and ask for a written record of the incident. This can be crucial later when dealing with insurance claims or legal proceedings.

Document the Scene

Take photographs of the accident scene, including the area where you fell, any hazards present, and your injuries. These visual records can serve as valuable evidence if you decide to pursue a personal injury claim. Additionally, gather contact information from any witnesses who saw the incident unfold. It’s also important to maintain a thorough record of all medical treatments, expenses, and any other costs related to the slip, trip, and fall. This documentation will be essential when seeking compensation for medical bills, lost wages, and other damages.

Seek Legal Advice

Consult with a personal injury attorney to discuss the circumstances of your slip, trip, and fall. An experienced attorney can provide guidance on your rights, potential legal actions, and the steps to take to protect your interests. They can also assist in negotiating with insurance companies on your behalf.

*The trusted personal injury attorneys at Barna, Guzy & Steffen will help you during this process and ensure you receive the compensation you deserve*

Notify Insurance Companies

If you decide to pursue a personal injury claim, have the property owner notify their insurance company of the incident. Be cautious when providing statements to insurance adjusters and consider consulting with your attorney before doing so.

Contact Barna, Guzy & Steffen

Slip, trip, and fall incidents are not only common but also preventable. By understanding the causes and potential injuries, and by taking preventive measures, individuals and property owners alike can contribute to creating safer environments.

If you or someone you know has suffered a slip, trip, and fall injury due to someone else’s negligence, contact the knowledgeable attorneys at Barna, Guzy & Steffen. We will work closely with you and your family to make sure you understand every aspect of your case. Our goal is to settle your claim quickly and efficiently with the maximum recovery possible under the law.