What To Do After A Slip-And-Fall Accident?

Every slip-and-fall accident is different, and the outcome of such cases generally comes about due to the individual circumstances. Especially with the kind of weather we have in New York City, slip-and-fall accidents happen suddenly and can result in severe injuries. Elderly individuals and young children are particularly vulnerable to injuries when such incidents occur.

A List Of Things To Do

While you will likely have a number of concerns after such an accident occurs, it is important to stay calm and make certain your needs are addressed. Such concerns include:

  • The need to seek medical attention: Your No. 1 priority should be taking care of your health. It is important to seek medical attention if there is the possibility that an injury did occur. Immediately following such an accident, it is often difficult to know the exact extent of your injuries. In some instances, symptoms of an injury do not occur for a day or two. Therefore, do not delay in seeking the medical help you require.
  • Report that an accident occurred: It is important to report that an accident occurred. This helps document that an accident happened. It also puts the owner of the property or business on notice that a danger exists.
  • Take photographs and document what happened: Unfortunately, you may not have the opportunity to take pictures or measurements before leaving the scene of where the mishap occurred. However, it can be extremely helpful to do so if you or someone you know does have such an opportunity. When slip-and-fall mishaps happen, the existing conditions likely will no longer exist when you revisit the scene. For example, if you slipped on some substance, it will likely be cleaned up quickly. It is also a good idea to take photographs of injuries to demonstrate the extent of what happened.
  • Take notes of what happened: If possible, take notes concerning the location of the incident, the date and time of the occurrence, names, and contact information of any witnesses and any other pertinent factual information. Over time, we begin to forget the exact details, and these notes are always useful to refresh your memory.
  • Do not volunteer any statements to insurance companies: The insurance company may have a financial interest in denying your claim, and any statement taken will be used to justify such a denial. Please speak to an experienced personal injury and premises liability attorney before providing any statement.
  • Preserve any relevant evidence: Items such as shoes or clothing worn may later become relevant to your claim. Put these safely away in storage or leave these items with your lawyer.

Contact An Experienced Attorney To Learn More

I am John M. O'Dowd Jr. I have more than 30 years of experience helping slip-and-fall accident victims recover compensation, and I can answer any questions you may have regarding such accidents. For more information, contact John M. O'Dowd Jr., Attorney At Law, in Staten Island by calling 718-530-0129.