5 Tips If You’ve Been Injured in a Slip and Fall Accident
What you do after a slip and fall accident can impact your claim. Slip and fall victims are often upset or embarrassed because they fell. You may even try to apologize for falling. Don’t do it!
If you have a slip and fall accident, remain calm and follow these steps so you don’t jeopardize your potential case:
1. Get a Copy of Accident Report
If the accident happened at a store or business, the store manager will probably have you fill out an accident report, documenting the incident. Be careful what you write and request a copy.
2. Figure Out Why You Fell
Closely look around the area where you fell to find out what caused you to fall. Take photos and get witnesses’ contact information. Do not rely on the business owner to do so.
3. Find Video
Ask the property or store owner if the area where you fell has video surveillance, and request for a copy of the video. It’s likely they will refuse.
4. Seek Medical Attention Immediately, Even If You Are Not in Pain
Sometimes you won’t feel the effects of your injury until the next day. But even if you don’t feel any pain, visit a local urgent care clinic.
A doctor can provide a professional diagnosis of any injuries caused by the fall, in writing. Here in Central Oregon, there are several urgent care clinics where you can get treated for your injuries promptly.
5. Make a Claim For MedPay or Medical Premises Insurance
Ask the property owner whether they have MedPay or Medical Premises insurance coverage as part of their Commercial General Liability insurance (or CGL). It may help pay your medical bills and/or the out-of-pocket expenses you incur for co-payments and deductibles under your health insurance policy.