What to Do After a Slip and Fall Injury in Jacksonville
Slip and fall injuries affect millions of people each year, according to the Centers for Disease and Control and Prevention (CDC). While they don’t make headlines, falls can be catastrophic in that they can destroy lives. One of out three people aged 65 and older fall every year, and 2.5 million fall victims require medical attention in an emergency department. Furthermore, 700,000 of that group require hospitalization.
If you have suffered a slip and fall in Florida, it is imperative to understand what actions you should take to help preserve your rights as a victim. In addition, you should not hesitate to contact a skilled attorney who can assist you in recovering compensation.
Failure to Act With Care is Negligent
Many slip and fall accidents occur on the premises of a business. And business owners have a responsibility to keep their premises safe for all those who enter. They have a duty to act with care, as we all do, to never act in ways that will result in another person’s injury or death. This duty requires them to keep their premises safe during all business hours, and by failing to do so, they may be liable if you or your loved one becomes injured. Examples of safety measures being neglected include spilled merchandise, a wet or slippery floor and the lack of a caution sign, dim lighting, ice, or anything obstructing the walkway.
Steps to Take in the Aftermath of a Slip and Fall
Many store owners or managers will attempt to clean up or fix the problem that caused you to slip and fall. They may do this the minute you step outside to receive medical attention or seek rest back at your home. You or the people you are with must take immediate action after your fall to gather evidence to prove negligence.
- Find out what caused you to slip in the first place. You must know precisely what you slipped on. Was it water, ice, an extension cord, or a greasy floor?
- Take picture evidence of the floor, the substance that caused you to slip, and the surrounding area.
- Talk to witnesses and gather their statements to use at a later time. Make sure to get their contact information.
- Report the fall and resulting injury to the management. There needs to be a written record of the incident.
- Seek medical attention immediately. Not only is this step vital for your recovery, but it also serves as proof that you did actually get injured.
- Keep the shoes that you were wearing, tucked away and in the same condition that they were in when you fell. They may be used as evidence to prove that your footwear was not at fault.
The last step is to contact an experienced Jacksonville personal injury attorney at Gillette Law, P.A. to help you compile your evidence, negotiate with insurance companies, and seek out your best possible financial outcome. Give us a call today at 888-366-5904 for a free consultation.