Involved in a Slip/Trip and Fall? This is What You Do Next

Trip and Fall

So, what should you do if you suffer a fall? No matter how you feel about your injuries, make sure that you do the following immediately after a fall:

  • Take a picture of the location and cause of the fall.
  • If you have slipped on ice/liquid etc. please take a picture of the location of the fall. If you tripped, please take the picture with a measuring tape or ruler to show a discrepancy in height or the measurements of the depth, length, and width of the hazard. You can also use a coin or bill of money to show the depth of the crack or lip in the ground.
  • Take pictures of the shoes or boots you are wearing –from the sides and the bottom to show the grip/tread. Preserve the shoes or boots. Do not wear them again.
  • Take pictures of the clothing you were wearing. Preserve the clothing.
  • Ask for help from people who witnessed your fall and get their contact information.
  • Call your friends/family to pick you up and send you to the nearest hospital or your family doctor or call an ambulance.
  • Consult a personal injury lawyer for advice

Keep in mind: a 10-day notice is required to be sent to the City if the fall occurred on City property and a 60-day notice to private owners if you were involved in a fall on snow or ice. Do not wait!

If you fail to give your notice within the 10 day and 60 day period, you may be prevented from bringing a lawsuit unless in the case of death from the injuries or you can prove to the Judge at trial that you have a good reason for the delay.

If you or a loved one have been injured in a slip/trip and fall, you may be entitled to receive the help you deserve. Contact us at JEWELL RADIMISIS JORGE LL.P and a member of our team will be happy to assist you.

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