Essential Do’s and Don’ts If You’ve Been Hurt in a Slip and Fall Accident at Work

Nobody wants to be involved in a slip and fall accident at work. An injury from such an accident can turn your world upside down. It can cause you to miss work and necessary pay, and the injuries can have a long-term impact on your health, well-being, and ability to provide for your family. If you have been injured in such an accident, follow these do’s and don’ts.

Do Give a Detailed Report of the Incident Immediately

After you have a slip and fall accident, you need to immediately report it according to the policies of your workplace. Don’t wait and hope for the best. If you don’t file a report right away and provide an account of what happened, you may sabotage your chances of recovering proper compensation later. Don’t risk it.

File the report right away even if it’s a big inconvenience. If possible, ask for a copy of any report you file. You may want to go over the report later, and the details it contains may help your lawyer.

Don’t Talk to Others Before Consulting an Attorney

After a slip and fall accident occurs, people are likely to be very nosy. Co-workers may want a firsthand account, and you may even receive calls where people bluntly ask for all the upsetting details. Simply decide how you will respond before anyone has a chance to ask. Don’t discuss the situation with anyone except your lawyer, then follow your attorney’s advice on the case.

Do Get Medical Treatment Right Away

Seek medical treatment right away if you suspect you have an injury. It is a good idea to get a check-up even if you aren’t sure of any immediate injuries. Concussions and other conditions may not be obvious right away. Be proactive to protect your own well-being after the accident.

Don’t Post About the Problem on Social Media

What better place than social media to post about the incident? Such a post is sure to get lots of supportive comments and private messages of concern in the aftermath of an accident. You may feel like sharing about the frustration of the injury on your favorite social media website, but that’s never a good idea. In fact, your lawyer may advise you to take a break from all social media after the accident.

Do Keep Detailed Notes on Your Situation

Start a new notebook or journal on the day of the slip and fall accident. Write as many details as you can remember about the accident on the day

it happens. If possible, write it right after the accident. It’s only natural for the details to fade over time, and your lawyer may need them to demonstrate your case later on. As you go, keep notes on all the progress that happens in your case.

Don’t Neglect to Preserve Any Evidence You Have

If you have any evidence from the accident, carefully preserve any evidence you have. If you are able to do so without delaying your medical care or treatment, take photos at the scene of the accident. Save them as evidence. You may also save other relevant things that may support your story.

Do Follow Your Attorney’s Advice on Speaking With Claims Adjusters

You may find that insurance adjusters will contact you repeatedly after a slip and fall accident and want you to discuss the case. Ask your lawyer for advice on what you should do in your particular situation, but it probably isn’t in your best interests to talk to the claims adjusters.

Finally, if you have been injured in a slip and fall accident, contact The Jaklitsch Law Group with any questions and concerns you have. We don’t get paid unless there is a recovery in your case. Our caring team is here to help protect you and fight for your best interests every step of the way.


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