Get the help you need from experienced Minot personal injury lawyers who will fight for the compensation you deserve
Everyone has slipped and fallen at some point in their lives. Sometimes a slip and fall is just a simple accident, but sometimes a slip and fall is the result of someone’s negligence. You slipped on that deck planking because the owner didn’t replace it when it started rotting or because the owner hasn’t properly installed gutters to keep rain off it. You slip in the parking lot because the business owner didn’t properly prepare it for the winter weather.
Some slips and falls can lead to serious injuries that can cause life-changing consequences — especially if you hit your head or your back at just the right angle or force. If you are injured in a slip and fall that is the result of another’s negligence, you are entitled to compensation under the law. The Minot personal injury lawyers from the Larson Law Firm are committed to helping people who have been injured in slips and falls to get the settlement they deserve to cover the cost of their medical care, time lost from work, and the pain and suffering they experienced.
Learning what you need to do after your slip and fall can help you protect your legal rights and improve your chances of getting the best settlement for your case.
Immediate steps to take after your accident
The very first thing that you need to do after you have a slip and fall accident, is seek medical attention. Even if you feel like you don’t have serious injuries, you need to see a doctor anyway. If you have a head injury, you may feel “fine” for hours, and the real damage may not be known until a doctor takes a scan of your head. If you injure your back or have a broken bone, the damage may not be seen or felt right away. The only way to know the extent of your injuries is to see a doctor.
Call an ambulance if you have severe injuries, or ask someone to drive you to the hospital or a clinic if you feel that your needs are not urgent.
If you have serious injuries that need medical attention immediately, do not worry about trying to tell the property owner what has happened until you have seen a doctor. However, if you have time to notify the property owner before you get medical care, it is best to let the person know what has happened as soon as possible. If you are in a place of business, contact the manager, supervisor or owner to report the accident, and ask for a copy of an incident report before you leave.
Immediate action after a slip and fall can have a big impact on the outcome of your case. However, even if you did not take these steps right away, our Minot slip and fall attorneys can still build a case for you. Taking the right steps after your accident will only strengthen your claim.
What documentation is needed for your slip and fall?
Documentation that you collect after a slip and fall accident can strengthen your claim and help you get the settlement that you deserve. When you get medical attention after your accident, it is important that you keep copies of all your receipts, doctor visit notes, test reports, scans, prescriptions, and any other information that is provided by the doctor.
In addition, you will need to return to the scene of the accident to take photos of the area. Focus in on the exact area where you fell, such as the exact stair on the staircase or the exact tile on the floor. If your injuries are not urgent, you should try to take these photos immediately after a slip and fall since the area conditions can change quickly. However, returning to get the photos will be helpful if you can’t.
You should also collect the names and phone numbers of anyone who witnessed your fall. If these are employees, you should easily be able to get this information on your return visit. However, if these were just random people in that location, it’s important that you try to get that information immediately following your slip and fall.
Finally, put aside the shoes and clothing you were wearing that day for safekeeping. These may also be used as evidence when arguing your case.
Our Minot slip and fall attorneys use all the documentation and evidence you collect to build your case, and we also perform our own investigation to collect whatever additional evidence we can to prove your claim.
Call an experienced Minot, North Dakota slip and fall lawyer for a free consultation
The Minot slip and fall accident attorneys at the Larson Law Firm are dedicated to obtaining results for clients just like you who have been seriously injured in a slip and fall accident that was the result of someone else’s negligence. Call our firm today at (701) 839-1777 to schedule a free consultation with an experienced attorney, or use our online form. We’re ready to help you get the compensation you deserve for your injuries.