Even the most cautious individuals can slip and fall due to winter weather conditions. Many times the incident is minor and after an embarrassing scene, you can go back to your life.
However, some slip and falls lead to serious injuries. Here is a guide to help you in the aftermath.
Attend to your injuries
Before doing anything else, assess yourself for injuries. If you are unable to get up, wait for someone to help you up if you are safe in your current position. Falls occurring in the street or other unsafe areas mean you may need to move quickly or ask for the assistance of a passerby. Once you are out of harm’s way, notify the owner of the property of your injury.
See a doctor as quickly as possible after the accident. Keep records of any injuries sustained as a result of the incident and inform your physician of the reason for your visit. Take pictures of any visible injuries. In case your wound prevents you from working or living your normal life, you want to retain as much documentation as possible.
Document the causes of the fall
Be sure to photograph the cause of your fall. Additionally, take photos of the surrounding area to document whether posted notice of the potential hazard existed.
No one expects to step on a patch of black ice while walking down a cleared sidewalk, but unfortunately, it happens all too often. Knowing what steps to take if you are the victim of a slip and fall can help you make wise decisions in the immediate aftermath of the incident.