Nobody wants to go through the embarrassment and pain of slipping and falling in a store, and you might want to get up and pretend like nothing happened just so that you can get past the situation as quickly as possible. This isn't the best course of action, however. In fact, there are a few things that you shouldn't do after this type of accident. Avoid these things to ensure that the situation gets resolved properly.
1. Not Requesting Medical Attention
If you slip and fall on the hard flooring in a store or other place of business, there is a good chance that you can hurt yourself. Don't get up and pretend you are okay, especially if you are feeling any pain at all. Instead, ask for an ambulance to be called to the store, or have someone take you to the doctor as soon as possible. If you wait too long to get medical care, you could suffer from long-term effects. Plus, you will have a more difficult time having your medical bills covered by the store if you don't have your injuries assessed as soon as possible.
2. Walking Away Without Talking to Witnesses
You might be embarrassed about your fall and may want to get away from those who saw it as soon as possible, but this isn't a good idea. In fact, it's best to ask for the name, contact information and basic description of what they saw. This information can come in handy if you hire a personal injury lawyer to help you with your case, such as if you need help with your medical bills and lost wages.
3. Taking Responsibility
It might be natural to apologize or call yourself clumsy after a slip and fall, but doing so involves taking responsibility for something that wasn't your fault. For example, if there was something wrong with the flooring, the slip and fall wasn't your fault; it was the fault of the store for not repairing it. Never take responsibility for the accident, even accidentally. In fact, it's best not to talk to store staff or insurance companies any more than necessary without the representation of a personal injury lawyer like Gomez May LLP.
Don't say or do the wrong things after a slip and fall in a store. Avoid these things, and hopefully, the situation will go as well as possible in the aftermath.
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