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What should you do after a slip and fall accident?

The legal concept of premises liability governs slip and fall accident cases.

Under premises liability, if you suffer an injury on someone else’s property due to the property owner’s negligent behavior, you have a right to recover compensation for economic and non-economic losses.

Steps to take in the immediate aftermath

What you do in the immediate aftermath of a slip and fall accident can impact your case and your claim for compensation. Following these steps can help protect your rights:

  • Call 911. If you suffered an injury, call for emergency medical attention. The police and other emergency responders will arrive as well.
  • Ask to speak to the property owner. If your accident occurs in a restaurant or other public place, you want to speak to the person in charge and ask for a copy of the accident report.
  • Seek medical attention. See a doctor right away, even if you did not need an ambulance.

If you have questions about your legal rights, you may benefit from speaking with a personal injury attorney as well. Premises liability cases are rarely uncontested.

Things you should not do after a slip and fall

Common mistakes people make after a slip and fall accident include talking about the incident online and failing to seek medical attention. When you file a claim for your injuries, the insurance company will investigate, including looking at all your social media activity since the accident.

Additionally, failing to see a doctor can make it difficult to prove you suffered injuries.

Not all slip and fall cases warrant a claim. If you slip and fall without injury, you have no damages to recover.