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6 Key Steps After Your Slip & Fall Injury
If you have recently fallen in a supermarket or any retail store or mall, you probably know that falling on traditional hard surfaces can cause serious pain or injury to your body. That’s why it is so important to always be aware of the conditions around you. Supermarkets, particularly in the produce section, or where beverages are stored, can often have slippery surfaces or debris. Pay attention for yellow caution signs warning you of slippery surfaces this make it be from breaking a bone or incurring a severe bruise. If you do fall or have followed in the supermarket you want to keep these six tips in mind to ensure your recovery.
1. Seeking medical attention right away.
After you have fallen in a store you want to have an x-ray to see what has been done internally. You may have suffered an injury that cannot be seen by the human eye. Having an x-ray will ensure that you are properly diagnosed and on your way to recovery.
2. Figure out what caused the fall.
After you fall, it is crucial to observe the area around you to determine what caused you to slip. Was there spilled liquid from a drink, or a leak from a vending machine that caused the water to be on the floor? How long does it appear that the liquid was on the floor? Sometimes surfaces can look completely dry and yet still be slippery. For example, grease may not appear shiny, but still be slippery enough to slip on. Finding the source of your fall is an essential way to determine whether you are able to recover compensation for your injuries.
3. Try to get the names and numbers of people who witnessed you fall.
If you are unable to do this have a friend asked people if they witnessed your fall. Witnesses can help prove your case and show that the supermarket was negligent in keeping their surfaces clean. Certain people may not wish to give you their personal information and that is okay. Be sure and note the date and time and see if any store surveillance cameras are in the area of the fall.
4. Make a record of what the store personnel say about the substance on the floor.
Often, a manager will criticize an employee who did not clean up a spill when initial instructed, or, the manager will admit that he knew of the substance on the floor prior to the fall. These admissions in many cases make the difference between winning and losing a right to compensation for your fall. The law requires that a store management be “on notice” of the foreign substance in order for you to recover compensation.
5. Report this fall to the management of the store at once.
You want to put the supermarket on notice that a fall has occurred. This will also let them know that they need to keep their floors clean.
6. Don’t give a statement to a supermarket representative or an insurance adjuster.
If you have not yet hired an attorney to help you with your case you’ll want to give us a call today. Be aware that people from the insurance company and/or the supermarket will try and call to get a statement about what happened. This is unnecessary to the process of your claim respectfully decline and hang up the phone.
If you have fallen in a store you may be entitled to monetary compensation for your injuries. For more information on how Crockett Law, P.C. can help you, contact us today. We understand that injuries can keep you out of work, can cause you a lot of pain, and prevent you from living a normal life. Injuries sustained in a supermarket fall are often times easily preventable on the part of the supermarket employees. You want to make sure that you can recover and not have to worry about loss income.