What To Do When You’re Injured In Public: Slip And Fall Injuries

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Know how to react if you injure yourself
Accidents can happen. Do you know what to do if you slip and fall? Photo by Uwe Strasser, CC BY 2.0, via Flickr.
Know how to react if you injure yourself
Accidents can happen. Do you know what to do if you slip and fall? Photo by Uwe Strasser, CC BY 2.0, via Flickr.

Life is unpredictable, and accidents can happen anywhere at any time. Regardless, going to the supermarket or movies should be relatively risk-free, as the owners and managers are liable for ensuring that you aren’t harmed because of them or the building. Despite this, slip and fall injuries are some of the most common compensation claims. Although you can’t predict if and when you are going to fall and injure yourself, you can make sure that you know what you’re supposed to do if it does occur. Below is some advice to help you out if the worst happens.

Get Some Help

Anything can cause you to slip and fall, from water on the floor to a wobbly handrail. Because of this, injuries can vary dramatically. If you need immediate help, call an ambulance, or ask someone to call one for you, and try not to move very much until they arrive. Even if you don’t think your injuries are very severe, you should still get yourself checked out as soon as you can, as there could be damage that you can’t yet see or feel. If you don’t do this, you might not get as much compensation, as you’ll be seen as partially at fault.

Collect Evidence

If you want to make a compensation claim, you’ll need evidence that you were injured, and evidence that you have lost out on money because of this injury. If you can, take pictures of the area where you fell, or ask someone else to do it for you, and write down details of the fall, so that a judge can determine if your injury was the result of negligence. Also, ask your doctor to write you a letter explaining your injuries, and your boss to write another one to state how much money you lost.

Find A Lawyer

Now is the time to take all of your evidence to a personal injury attorney. They will review all of the evidence, and tell you whether or not you have a case that could win. They can also let you know of any pieces of evidence that you might have missed, such as CCTV footage or witnesses, to ensure that you have the strongest case possible. You should contact a lawyer as soon as you can, as you may only have a set amount of time to make a claim.

Legal implications
A lawyer may suggest you take the case to court. Photo via Pxhere, CC0 Public Domain.

Go To Court

Once you’ve done this, your lawyer will arrange a court date. In court, they will present your evidence to the judge as best as they can to get you the compensation you deserve. They will explain how much money you are losing as a result of the accident and why, and will also describe the pain and suffering that you have endured. Then the judge will choose a settlement they believe is appropriate for your case.

Injuring yourself in public is a scary and traumatic experience, but knowing what to do can make the ordeal a lot easier to cope with.

10 COMMENTS

  1. This reminds me of the time I got off a bus and tripped forward on a curb I hadn’t noticed. As I was falling forward two men each grabbed one of my arms and caught me before I could hit the ground. Someone in the crowd waiting to board the bus said , “Well, that didn’t take long.” And we all went our different ways. The wonderful kindness of strangers.

  2. My mother was knocked down last June exiting her local mall through the automatic doors. I was not there but I contacted a lawyer. One you don’t pay unless they win your case. I have done everything that the lawyer has advised. No progress to date.

  3. Excellent advice Christy. My girlfriend fell while walking back to the ship on our cruise together last year. She went to the ship’s doctor as she couldn’t move her arm. They took Xrays and said it was a sprain. We came home a few days later and she’s had 3 surgeries already and a nightmare full of legal proceedings from here in Toronto with lawyers in Miami. What a nightmare, but she had all the evidence and me as a witness. 🙂 x

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