What to do when you or a loved one slips, trips, or falls
Updated: Apr 20
1. Report it.
Whether you are in a store, restaurant, parking lot, or other building, immediately report the incident to the staff so they can document your fall and the conditions that caused the slip or trip.
Similarly, immediately report any fall to your landlord if the fall occurs on premises you rent or if you are a guest on a rental premises. If the fall happened at the home of another make sure the homeowner is informed of where and how the fall occurred.
2. Get pictures immediately.
Take pictures of the exact spot and conditions where you fell, slipped, or tripped. Do not let anyone move anything or clean up.
If you cannot take the pictures yourself, hand you phone to someone and have them take pictures. You need close-ups and wide views. If there was a warning side, take a picture to show how close or far away it is. Have someone take a picture of you where you landed.
3. Get witness details. Obtain the names and phone numbers of the any witness to your fall if your condition allows.
• Phone number
• E-mail address
4. Get medical attention as soon as possible.
Your health and well-being are paramount. Also, seeking medical attention quickly will help document any injuries you suffered from the fall.
5. Don't sign anything!
If you think someone else or the business is responsible for causing your fall and injuries, say as little as possible to anyone until you speak with an attorney.
Many times, insurance companies will contact you looking for information or to offer small sums to get you to sign a wavier. If this is the case, politely decline to speak with them until you’ve had a chance to have a personal injury lawyer evaluate the facts of your case.
6. Other to-dos
In addition to the above, you need to preserve your own evidence. That means keeping the clothes you were wearing at the time in a plastic bag, without washing them, especially if the clothes have any tears, stains, or other marks.
Also, be sure to save the shoes you were wearing. Do not wear them again until you speak with an attorney.
7. Call an Experienced Attorney
You should contact an experienced, local slip and fall accident lawyer as soon as possible following your injury. An attorney will guide and help you think of a number of variables that can easily be overlooked—things that may cost you a substantial amount of money and hurt your claim.
10. Be Ready to Fight for Your Rights
Knowing what steps to take and what your rights are make a difference in the outcome.
Rachel Ambler is a dedicated and experienced West Texas slip, trip, and fall accident lawyer. She lives here and fights here. She can help you navigate the trying times following an accident, and works to get you what you are entitled to.
When you've been hurt in a slip, trip, and fall accident, that's exactly what you want. Call AmblerLaw today, 432.203.0303.