Unfortunately, sometimes people slip on something, or trip on something, and this often results in a fall. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, (CDC) an older American falls once every second of the day. Falls are the leading cause of both injury and death amongst older Americans, however, anyone can sustain serious injury, or even death, from a fall. At Fetterman & Associates, we hope you will never need an attorney for a slip and fall case, but if you do, here are some steps you should take.
Assess and Address Your Injuries
If you slip, trip, or fall, take a moment to assess your injuries. Common injuries from falls include:
- Head injuries;
- Broken bones;
- Spinal cord injuries;
- Torn muscles;
- Cuts and abrasions; and
- Shoulder dislocation.
Before you even attempt to get up, perform a mental scan of your body. Where does it hurt? Does anything appear broken or bruised? Can you stand on your own. Even if you are uncertain about the extent of an injury, seek medical assistance as soon as possible. Do not assume you can “walk it off” or that your pain will go away.
Report Your Fall
Whether you are at the mall, in the parking lot of the library, or at a friend’s house, if you sustain injury because you slipped, tripped, or fell, make certain to report this to the manager, landlord, or owner of the property. If there is a hazard such as standing water, a loose rug, or other slip or trip danger, this should also be documented. If you are at a business, including on government property, ask that a written report be created, and ask for a copy of the report.
Document, Document, Document
If you are not in need of emergency medical assistance, take a moment to document the scene of your fall. This includes taking pictures of the scene, if possible. You should note any hazards you observe. Document the name of the person you reported your fall to. Document all your doctor’s visits, recommended treatments, and physical therapy you undergo.
Contact a Lawyer
Any time you sustain injury, you may have a lawsuit. Contact a lawyer if you sustain injuries in a slip, trip, or fall. You may be entitled to compensation, however, you have only a limited time in which to file your claim. Do not delay in seeking legal advice.
If You Have Been Injured in a Fall
If you have been injured in a fall, or if you have lost a loved one in a fall, know that you have rights. You may be entitled to compensation for your injuries. Florida law has strict requirements for what an injured party must establish in a slip and fall case, so gathering information at the time of the fall can be critical. Contact Fetterman & Associates to discuss your injuries. Our legal team, including our lawyers, investigators, case managers, and paralegals will work with you to determine if you have a legitimate cause of action. There is no fee for this consultation. Additionally, if we take your case, there is no fee unless we win. Call us today at (561) 845-2510.