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Crucial first steps after a slip and fall accident

If you sustain an injury after a slip and fall accident on unsafe property, it can be difficult to know what to do or where to turn. You may have bodily injury to contend with as you face mounting medical bills and perhaps find yourself unable to work. Fortunately, following a few important steps after the accident can help you prepare for recovery and help you seek any appropriate damages.

The first step is to document everything you can remember about the accident. Make a note of where it happened, whether there were any unsafe conditions that contributed to the accident, whether you spoke to anyone and what they said, and whether there were any warning signs to alert you to the dangerous condition.

Next it is important to set up an appointment with a doctor as soon as possible. Even if you feel like your injuries or only minor, this is a critical step for two reasons. First, a doctor will be able to spot possible warning signs that the injury was more serious and help you seek additional care if appropriate.

In addition, getting a diagnosis and establishing a medical record of the accident can be helpful for legal reasons as well. If your accident case ends up in trial the doctor’s report can be an important piece of evidence that shows the extent of your injuries and the seriousness of your accident.

Finally, you should consider getting in touch with a personal injury attorney experienced in premises liability matters. He or she can work with you to assess the evidence surrounding your accident, pursue the appropriate legal recourse and help you focus on recovering and getting back to your life.

Source: Injured, “After Slip-and-Fall Injury, 1st Steps Are Vital,” Betty Wang, May 23, 2013 

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