What to do if you have been injured in a slip and fall accident

January 18, 2010

“Slip and fall” is a term used by lawyers to describe any accident that involves tripping or slipping because of a dangerous or hazardous condition on someone else’s property. If you have been injured in a slip and fall accident, there are certain steps you should take to help ensure that you receive full and fair compensation for your injuries.

Report the accident: Notify the owner of the property as soon as possible. Be sure to get a copy of the accident report. If the accident occurred on a residential property, notify the owner of the property both verbally and in writing.

Seek medical attention: Seek immediate treatment for your injuries. Records of a doctor’s evaluation of your injuries is critical to proving your case.

Keep records of the medical attention you receive: Save all documentation of the treatment you receive for the injuries suffered in your slip and fall accident.

Make a written record of the incident: While the incident is still fresh in your mind, write out a detailed account of your fall. Include information such as a description of the location where the accident occurred, the names and contact information of witnesses and any statements made by the owner of the property.

Take pictures: If possible, take photographs of the location where the fall occurred. Take pictures showing the scene of the accident from several angles. You should also take pictures of your injuries.

Get contact information for witnesses: Be sure to obtain the names and contact information of anyone who witnessed your slip and fall.

Contact a Texas personal injury attorney: Last but certainly not least, you should seek the immediate advice of an experienced Texas personal injury lawyer. A lawyer will be able to evaluate your case and determine whether you have a good claim. A lawyer can also help you understand your legal rights and explain your options.

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