If you have suffered injuries in a slip and fall accident, your priority should be to get yourself to a safe place and seek appropriate medical care. Injuries sustained after slipping are usually painful and can also be severe and debilitating. While you may feel unsure about what to do next, understanding what steps can help ensure a fair recovery for your losses is critical. Here's what to do after a slip and fall accident.
Seek Medical Attention
The first step after a slip and fall accident is to seek medical attention. Seeking medical attention can ensure that you have a record that helps validate specific damages, such as lost wages or medical bills.
Examine the Scene
Inspect the scene of the incident for clues. Take notice of spillages, foreign objects on the floor, wet patches or other slips and falls that have already occurred. Try to figure out what caused your fall. For example, if the floor was wet when you slipped and fell, look at whether your fall could have been prevented if store employees had mopped up or alerted customers.
Get pictures of the scene where the accident occurred and take pictures of any injuries sustained during the incident. If needed, get witness statements from people who saw what happened during the accident. This will help prove liability against the store owner or company involved with your claim. The longer you wait to get photographs taken after a slip and fall accident, the less reliable they will be as evidence in court or settlement negotiations with an insurance company.
Witnesses of a fall and slip accident can be critical to helping establish liability and the extent of your injuries. To verify your version of events and injuries, approach store employees, fellow customers, and others who witnessed the accident. Ask them if they would be willing to write down their names and contact information so that the police can contact them for statements about what happened.
Speak with a New Mexico Personal Injury Lawyer Today
Slip and fall accidents happen to thousands of people every year. The resulting injuries can be catastrophic, whether you've fallen on a sidewalk, in a parking lot, or inside a retail store. At Salam & Associates, we understand the frustration of dealing with insurance companies and exhaustive medical bills. Our experienced New Mexico slip and fall attorneys have helped hundreds of people like you get the compensation they deserve for their injuries. We are committed to fighting for fair compensation on your behalf.
Connect with us for a free consultation to learn more about your rights, navigating this complex process and how you can best move forward with your case. Reach out to us at (866) 640-8998 or contact us online to set up an appointment to discuss your case.