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4 steps to take after a slip and fall

It happens more often than most people realize. You are walking along going about your business when suddenly your feet go right out from underneath you.

Slip and falls can happen to anyone. Here is what to do if you find yourself the victim of one of the incidents.

1. Seek medical treatment

Your health should always be your number one priority in life. The moments after hurting yourself on another’s property are no different. Seek medical treatment as quickly as you can, even if do not initially notice any pain or ailments. Tell the physician why you need to be seen and ensure that information is noted on your chart.

2. Report it immediately

Report the incident to the home or business owner or manager as soon as possible. Ask any passersby for their names and contact information in case you need to rely on their recollections in the future.

3. Maintain all relevant documentation

Keep all related medical documents as well as photos, journals and incident reports in an organized file.

4. Hold off on providing too much detail to others

Though it may seem harmless to provide truthful information to the owner of the property on which you became injured or their insurer, your words could be used against you later. Keep quiet and consider contacting an attorney to assist you through this process.

The actions you take in the days and weeks after a slip and fall can seriously impact your ability to recover damages from the responsible party in the future. Choose them wisely.

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