In 2019, OSHA reported 900 fatal and 230,000 non-fatal workplace accidents.
Slip-and-fall incidents are confusing and embarrassing, and many people get up and move on even when they are not at fault. However, if you get injured in a fall, follow these steps.
Seek medical help
Evaluate your pain and injury, and seek medical help. Do not hesitate to call emergency services. Also, attend all your follow-up appointments and complete the treatments your doctor recommends.
As soon as you are able, gather evidence. Take photos of the slip-and-fall incident, including where it occurred and what caused it. Try to figure out how long the danger existed. Write down anything you remember.
Keep and photograph your unwashed clothes and shoes, and collect the contact information of any witnesses.
Report your accident
Report the incident to the property owner or business manager. If you are unable to fill out your report, send a friend or family member, especially if this individual was with you during the incident, to make the report. Prepare to fill out paperwork.
Limit interactions with the property owner
Whether your accident occurred at a business or on personal property, once you report the incident, limit your conversations about it with the property owner. Do not provide details about the accident, apologize for any trouble or assign blame.
Slip-and-fall accidents can occur anywhere, so you or someone you know may experience an incident at some point. By learning about the danger and steps to take after such an accident, you can protect yourself and others.