Take These Steps When You Experience A New Haven Slip And Fall Accident

January 29, 2024
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There are many factors that can lead to a New Haven slip and fall accident and can cause you to become injured from the fall. This time of the year there are a variety of weather related factors that could put you in a situation where you might injure yourself from a fall including icy sidewalks, wet floors and snowy roads, just to name a few. These are not the only factors that could lead you to slip and fall, but they are some of the more common reasons why this might happen to you.

If you do get into a situation where you slip and fall and injure yourself you should know how to handle it before it happens to you. Being prepared for an unlikely scenario is one of the best things you can do to make sure that if it does happen to you you are not scrambling to find your way through a difficult situation. While you may not be thinking about this on a regular basis, you should at least be aware of what you should do in the event that this type of accident were to happen to you.

So, for that reason, here are a few of the steps you should take if you have an accident that leads to an injury.

Step #1: Seek medical attention. If you can get up from your fall on your own without the assistance of anyone you should then make your way to the office of your medical provider. While you may think it’s just a bump or bruise that was caused by the accident, a thorough medical exam should be conducted so that you can make sure you are not going to experience any lingering issues from the accident. If you don’t seek medical attention you may not be able to heal as quickly and also you will not have your injuries documented in the event that you will need to be compensated for the accident.

Step #2: Report the incident. This step can take a variety of different forms depending on where and how the accident happened. If you are on private property you should do your best to notify the property owner or management that a fall occurred. If you are on public property you should identify the department responsible for the property and report the incident to her/him. Regardless of where the incident happened you should also document the injury with photos of the area and the specific spot where you fell as well as getting witness information.

Step #3: Make sure you are keeping diligent records of all that activities you are participating in around the incident. If you seek medical attention, maintain good medical records. If you spend any money around the situation, keep your receipts. If you miss time from work you should keep records of that and of lost wages that you might experience.

Step #4: Seek legal advice. Depending on where the incident happens and how severe your injuries are your situation might become quite complex. While many New Haven slip and fall accidents can be handled without legal help, the more complex the situation the more likely it is that you are going to need someone who has experience in handling situations like the one you find yourself in. If you are not sure whether you need someone to help you or not, you should contact our office and speak to one of our experienced attorneys who will learn about your situation and discuss your options with you.

No one expects to get injured when you’re just walking down the street or heading into your favorite grocery store, so when it happens it is often sudden and quite jarring to you both physically and mentally. It is for this reason that you need to be prepared for the worst possible scenario. Preparing for the worst while hoping for the best will put you in a great position to be able to handle either situation when they arise. If an incident were to occur you will be prepared with the steps outlined above.

A situation that presents unexpected issues that you are not prepared for can lead to serious physical and emotional anguish. If you can eliminate the difficulty around the unknown you will at least be able to handle a situation like this with a clear head and be able to make good quality decisions that will be right for your long-term health.