A restaurant should be a place to sit down and enjoy a meal with friends and family. But, it can also become a risky situation. If you stand up and slip on the wet floor, you could fall and hit your head on the table. You could injure your hip in the fall. You may struggle with being able to get up and to your car. In some situations, you may suffer from medical bills as a result of that fall. Is anyone negligent? Should the business pay for your losses?
What to Do When It Happens
Though it may be too late to go back and make changes to the way you’ve reacted or steps you’ve taken at the time of the incident, it is helpful to know what you should do. Here are some guidelines to follow:
Notify the Person in Charge
Your goal here is to ensure that the management or the owner of the property knows that something occurred. Documentation is important here. Be sure they know what’s occurring but do not speak to the insurance company or make any claims about what you did at that time.
Seek Medical Attention
Even if you think you are okay, you should seek out medical help immediately. It is by far the most important step you can take to document your injuries. Though you do not have to go to the emergency room by ambulance, be sure you make a trip to an urgent care or emergency room.
Take Photos of the Incident
Everyone has a cell phone today. Use it to help support your evidence and claims. Take photos of the area after your slip and fall. Be sure to use a timestamp on them. Obviously, these will be taken after you’ve fallen, but they still help to document the events that occurred.
Gather and Maintain Evidence
If you fell and torn the leg of your pants, keep the pants. If you know someone saw you fall and witnessed the entire process, gather that person’s name and information. This information can later be helpful, and no small amount is insignificant. Your clothing may have a substance on them from the floor.
Obtain and Maintain Medical Care
If you suffered a slip and fall, you likely would not feel the full extent of your injuries until the day or so afterward. You may notice back, neck, or leg pain. You may develop concerns later on. Establishing the injury occurred that day is important. The second step is to continue with the medical care that is being suggested to you. You may be told to follow up with your doctor in the next 24 hours. Do so. You may also be told to seek out x-rays or even long-term care. It is important to take each one of these steps and document your need for doing so.
Don’t Talk About What’s Happened Any More Than Necessary
One of the biggest mistakes you can make it broadcasting what occurred on social media. You don’t want to talk about it with staff at the location either. The restaurant could use this information against you later. For example, you may make a claim during a social media post that is inaccurate. Additionally, it is best to simply avoid being on social media after the incident occurs until it is settled. If you post photos or a description about how you spent your day ice skating, and you are claiming back pain, that’s going to hurt you in the long run.
Always Work with a Slip and Fall Attorney
It is difficult to prove that a restaurant is liable for your injury, lost time at work, and other losses. However, it is critical that you work with a personal injury attorney who has the tools and resources to help you with this. Experience matters here. It will be necessary to gather statements and evidence. Additionally, your attorney will ensure you obtain compensation for all of your potential losses. Don’t settle with an insurance company until you’ve worked with an attorney.
We encourage you to contact our legal team to discuss your current situation and needs. At The Law Office of Daniel J. O’Neill, we’re happy to speak to you about your accident and what can be done to ensure you receive compensation for any losses you’ve suffered. Contact us for a free case review.