The sudden nature of a slip and fall accident in Pennsylvania can leave most people wondering what they are supposed to do next. It may be easier said than done, but it is important to keep a level head and take the necessary steps to ensure your wellbeing.
These are general rules you should follow in the event you are injured in a slip and fall accident. Every incident is different and certain situations may not allow for specific things to happen in a timely fashion, but do keep all of this in mind:
- Seek medical attention. Your health is more important than anything else, so don’t let visiting a doctor take a back seat to something less vital. Even if you fall and don’t seem to be injured, get medically evaluated anyway. Many injuries surface up to a few days following an accident and waiting too long can have negative consequences.
- Take pictures. If you are capable of getting a few pictures of the accident scene before you go to the doctor, you should do so. Slip and fall cases can be tough because if someone slips on a spill or ice, the property owner may clean it up before the victim has a chance to document the negligence. If you are not physically able to get pictures at the time of the accident, see if anyone else with you or around you can get pictures. The same goes for getting photos of your injuries; it’s great to have a doctor tell a judge what injuries you suffered, but the pictures can really drive the point home.
- Report the accident. If you have a slip and fall accident in a public place like a supermarket or even at work, report it to management or anyone in charge. Many businesses will have procedures in place to file accident reports. By documenting everything that happened, your case will have stronger legs to stand on.
- Call a Philadelphia attorney as soon as possible. When an attorney takes on your case, they will be able to investigate exactly what happened and help you get compensation for your injuries.
Time is always of the essence when it comes to slip and fall accidents, so be sure to take immediate action instead of waiting a while to talk to a lawyer or visit a doctor. If you are a slip and fall victim in the Eastern Pennsylvania area, call Mednick, Mezyk & Kredo at 215-545-1870 or 1-888-807-WORK for a free, no-obligation consultation.