Of all of the ways that you could end up injured in a place of business, a slip, trip, or fall could easily be one of them. These types of injuries are easily the most common form of accidents that occur in public places where customers are concerned. While some business owners will step up to the plate to ensure you are fine and will take liability for your injuries, it is not uncommon for some to admit they are at fault at all. In these situations, it is highly likely you will have to file a personal injury claim to get any help for paying for your injury at all. If you are involved in a slip and fall injury in a place of business, there are a few do's and don'ts to keep in mind that may help.
Do report the accident immediately
Try your best to flag down another customer if you are able so they can retrieve a business associate to assist you. It is never a good idea to slip or fall and then wait a while to report your injury.
Don't leave the area where the accident occurred unless you have no other choice
Trying to get up in an area where you have just slipped and fell into the floor could easily exacerbate injuries you may not even realize you have yet. Furthermore it is important for the management at the business to see that you did indeed fall. Plus, staying in the area will ensure that the business management can see what it was that made you slip or trip.
Do seek medical attention after filing an accident report
Once you have reported the accident at the place of business, it is imperative that you go ahead and seek the attention of a medical professional, whether it is your doctor or the local emergency center. This visit will document your injuries and will later be used in court if you do have to file a claim because the business owner's insurance company refuses to pay.
Don't file a report and then wait until later to seek medical help
Waiting to seek proper medical attention after a fall is bad for a few reasons:
- waiting could mean that injuries you have will just get worse
- waiting could give the opportunity for the business owner to claim you were further injured beyond what happened on their property
For more information, contact firms like Walz Law Office.