According to a study from the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), floors and flooring materials contribute directly to more than 2 million slip and fall injuries in the U.S. each year. In many cases, slip and fall accidents occur because of the presence of water or any other foreign slippery substance. Unfortunately, the weather in Minnesota often leaves sidewalks slippery. In such cases, it is the responsibility of a business owner to make sure all walkways within their property is safe to pass.
Despite all of this, slip and fall accidents/injuries still occur because a business owner or an employee overlooked the danger of a slippery walkway. If you ever find yourself slipping and falling, make sure you follow these four important steps:
Seek Medical Treatment ASAP
Slip and falls can lead to a variety of injuries, especially fractures. As such, seeking medical treatment after a slip and fall should always be a priority. Even if initial tests yield no results, it is a good idea to set a follow-up appointment a week or two after the accident. Some injuries may not manifest until a few weeks after an accident.
Before you leave for medical treatment, take a quick snapshot of the area where you fell. This will serve as proof of the condition of the area during your accident, a valuable piece of evidence should you choose to pursue a legal claim later on.
Report the Accident to the Property Owner
You should report the accident to the property owner as soon as possible. This calls the owner’s attention to dangerous conditions within the property. Not only does talking to the owner let him know that an accident occurred, but it also helps prevent more people from slipping and falling. If the owner isn’t present, you can report the accident to an on-duty employee.
Stay Away from Social Media
Resist every temptation to talk about your accident on Facebook, Twitter, or any other social media platform. An errant post may be used to downplay the severity of your injuries, resulting in compensation not equal to your injuries or worse, losing out on your claim entirely.
Call a Personal Injury Attorney
If you decide to pursue legal action after a slip and fall accident, be sure to work with a respected law firm, such as Stoudt Law Ltd., that focuses on personal injury law. An experience attorney can help you prove if the accident was caused by negligent behavior, a vital factor in determining personal injury cases.