It's time to start planning your warm weather activities. If you're going to be spending time away from home – whether it's with friends or at amusement parks – it's time to prepare for those summertime accidents. If you're like most people, you don't want to think about potential accidents while you're planning your vacations. However, that's exactly what you should do, especially since summer is notorious for traumatic injuries, including those resulting from a slip and fall accident. If you're injured in a slip and fall accident this summer, here are four steps you should take.
Report It as Soon as Possible
If you slip and fall while on vacation, the first thing you should do is report the accident – even if you're staying with friends. Regardless of where the accident happens, property owners have an obligation to keep their guests safe from slip and fall accidents. If the incident happens at someone's home, report it to the property owner. If it happens at an amusement park, grocery store, or other public property, report it to an onsite manager as soon as possible. Be sure to get the name and official title of the person you're reporting it to.
See a Doctor for Medical Attention
Once you've reported the incident, you should seek medical attention as soon as possible. This is important even if you don't think you have any serious injuries. It can take several hours – or even days – for injuries to present themselves, especially if your adrenaline was pumping after the accident. Seeking medical attention will allow doctors to document the injuries you may have sustained.
Don't Discuss the Incident
After your slip and fall accident, people may want to talk to you about the incident. You should avoid discussing it, especially to insurance agents or on your social media page. Talking to insurance agents about your injuries or posting information about the incident on your social media pages could cause problems should you decide to file a claim against the parties involved in your accident.
Speak to an Attorney
This is crucial. If you're involved in a slip and fall accident this summer, you need to speak to an attorney – even if you're injured at a friend's home. You're going to need treatment for your injuries and compensation for any medical bills you incur. An attorney can help protect your rights as an accident victim and ensure that you receive the compensation you're entitled to.