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What Should You Do if You’re Involved in a Slip, Trip, or Fall Accident?

You’re walking along in the produce aisle of the grocery store and, suddenly, you slip and fall in a puddle of water. Ouch.

After this type of accident, your initial impulse may be to feel embarrassed — don’t. Such injuries are serious — one of the most common reasons people go to the emergency room. According to the National Floor Safety Institute, falls account for more than 8 million trips to the hospital emergency room — the leading cause of visits. Slips and falls account for over 1 million visits, or 12 percent of total falls.

Further, more than 16,000 deaths annually are attributed to falls. In addition, experts estimate that more than 300,000 serious injuries and millions of minor injuries each year are the result of slip, trip, and fall incidents. 

According to the law, people have the right to expect that the conditions of most government property, public places, offices, stores, companies, and private homes will adhere to basic safety standards. No matter how careful you are, you could walk into a situation in which unsafe conditions make a slip, trip and fall injury unavoidable.

If you’re injured in a slip, trip, and fall incident, follow these guidelines to protect yourself and your legal rights:

  1. Get medical assistance if needed. If you’ve ever been hurt in a fall, you know that it can sometimes take weeks to realize the full extent of the injury. That’s why it’s important to seek medical attention immediately. Get a thorough examination in the hours after your fall so doctors can assess your injuries, some of which may not be visible at first glance.
  2. Document the situation and make an official report. Although your priority is medical care, it’s also important to try to preserve evidence at the scene of your fall. Take photos of the scene if possible, and ask any available witnesses if they would be willing to provide their account of what happened. If you’re in a public place, ask a manager to help you file an accident report. Most companies keep forms on hand in case anyone is injured on the premises. The report will help you document your side of the story and initiate an official paper trail that may be helpful later.
  3. Protect your legal rights. If you’ve been hurt in a slip, trip, and fall incident, the business at which you were injured may be held accountable for your medical expenses and compensation for lost wages and personal suffering. An experienced personal injury attorney can determine whether you have a valid liability claim and help you understand your legal rights. Get in touch with Kelly & West as soon as you can.

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