A slip and fall can happen in all kinds of places – on public sidewalks, private property, in retail establishments or on the job. Many people simply pick themselves up and dust themselves off after such an incident. All too often, however, serious injuries can unfold days or weeks after the fact. That is why a slip and fall should never be taken lightly. You should immediately have a complete doctor’s examination and X-rays, if warranted. Whenever possible, you should take a photo of the accident site immediately following the slip and fall or as soon as possible afterwards.
Don’t Delay Taking Action
Most slip-and-fall injuries have relatively short statutes of limitations that require you to file suit within a short time period. If you do not meet this deadline, your right to make a claim may be waived. Furthermore, if your injury was caused by the negligence of a governmental entity, your deadline may be even shorter. Any delay in responding to an injury puts your case in serious jeopardy. Chances are increased that evidence will be lost or misplaced, witnesses will move or become unavailable, and your memory of important details will fade. Yet, you will still have keen awareness of the pain from your injury, any lost wages and the frustration of knowing you could have been compensated for what happened to you.