If you are out and about doing your Christmas shopping, and you slip and fall, it is important that you pay attention to everything around you.
If you are injured when you slip and fall, you may be able to pursue a slip and fall personal injury claim against the business where you sustained your injury. However, in order for the claim to be valid, you need to take a few steps after you fall.
Call An Ambulance
If you slip and fall, and are injured, ask the store where you fell to call an ambulance for you. Do not get up; wait for medical assistance to arrive. Once they arrive, explain what happened and where you are injured.
The first responders will assess your injuries and determine if you need further treatment. Make sure you obtain records from the first responders and the hospital they take you to. A medical record trail is crucial in a slip and fall case.
Take a look around and see if anyone saw you fall down. If anyone saw you fall down, ask them if they would be willing to provide a short statement about what they saw. Be sure to get their contact information. Witness testimony will help you prove your case in court.
Take Pictures Of Where You Fell
If you can, take pictures yourself of where you fell, or ask someone to assist you with taking pictures of the area. You will want to take pictures from a variety of different angles in order to recreate the scene for the jury in your case. Visual evidence can greatly assist your slip and fall case.
Take Pictures Of Your Injuries
You should also take pictures of your injuries. Be sure to take pictures right after you are injured, and continue to document your injuries as they heal. This will help establish how long you had to deal with the injuries as well as the extent of the injuries.
If you slip and fall while out Christmas shopping this holiday season, make sure an ambulance is called. Ask any nearby witnesses for their contact information. Be sure to take pictures to document the scene of the accident as well as your injuries.