Slip and fall accidents are some of the most common casualties in America. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) calculates that over one million Americans suffer a slip, trip, or fall injury each year, and even worse, 17,000 people die from these types of injuries. Other statistics show that slip, trip, and fall injuries account for 15% of all job-related injuries, equating to 12-15% of worker’s compensation claims.
The CDC classifies accidents of this nature into two categories, elevated falls and same-level falls. Although same-level accidents are much more common, elevated falls are more dangerous and can be life-threatening. Even with same-level falls, victims may suffer moderate to serious injuries such as bruises, hip fractures, or head injuries. The most common cause of slip and fall accidents is a slippery surface, such as ice or a polished floor. Other accidents occur when people trip over items that should be secured or stored away.
According to the CDC, some of the most serious injuries that occur due to slip and fall accidents are:
- Broken bones and fractures;
- Long-term medical complications;
- Head trauma; and,
- Spinal cord injuries.
If you suffer a slip and fall accident, be sure to follow the steps below:
1 – Seek Medical Treatment
After an accident or injury, make your health the number one priority. Get the proper medical treatment you need right away. Hold onto any medical bills for both physical and mental health treatments that you receive as a result of the injury.
2 – Report the Accident ASAP
Regardless of where the accident occurred, report the incident immediately to the property manager, supervisor, owner, etc. It’s best to have the accident in writing, but you should always verbally report it, if possible, and then follow up in writing.
3 – Document the Incident
As soon as you are able, document the accident. Collect names and contact details for potential witnesses. Take as many photos as feasible and save any pertinent evidence.
4 – Decline to Give Statements and Limit Social Media Exposure
Decline the option to provide any formal or informal statements to insurance personnel or other operatives handling your case until you have spoken with an attorney. Limit your communication with the property owner, landlord, or any managers.
Refrain from posting anything about the incident on social media; it could hurt your case later.
5 – Call an Attorney
The next crucial step is to contact an attorney who understands these types of situations and can help you receive the benefits you deserve.
If you have suffered due to a slip, trip, or fall accident, call us today to see how we can help.