A slip and fall can happen suddenly. Much like in a car accident, it is easy to forget one or two details in the moment of stress and turmoil.
If you were the recent victim of a slip and fall, double check these important steps below.
1. Tell someone in charge
If you fall at work, tell your immediate supervisor. Follow up with a written summary: time of day, precise location and who, if anyone, saw it. If you fall in public (grocery store, sidewalk), find someone on duty and tell them what happened. Write down the names of any witnesses.
2. Take photos
Go back to the scene of the incident as soon as you can. Take photos of the surroundings, especially anything that may have caused the fall. Also take photos of your injuries the same day they occur. Keep taking photos each today to demonstrate how the injury worsens or improves.
3. See a doctor
Even if you think it was “not that bad,” you may have broken or bruised something that gets worse over time. Fractures are the leading injury and occur in about 5% of falls, according to the National Floor Safety Institute. See a physician especially if you hit your head. Keep copies of all doctors’ notes, diagnoses, treatment plans, x-rays and prescription medications.
4. File an insurance claim
You will need all of this documentation to submit to your insurance company. Keep in mind that they do not necessarily have your best interest in mind. They may be more loyal to the company bottom line or seek to deny your claim. The more evidence you have, the stronger your case will be.