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What should a victim do following a slip-and-fall accident?

When we enter public or private property, we are under the assumption that property owners have taken proactive measures to make the environment safe for visitors and patrons. Thus, when we encounter a slippery floor, damaged carpet, unsafe stairwell or an unlit parking lot, it is a shocking incident. Individuals in South Carolina not only don't expect to slip while on the property of another, but they also do not expect to suffer serious injuries as a result of a slip and fall.

Unfortunately, slip-and-fall incidents happen more than we hope to hear. According to current statistics, more that eight million emergency room visits in the U.S. are because of a fall. With regards to injuries suffered in these accidents, bone fractures are the most common. Additionally, slip and falls are the primary reason for employees missing work.

What should a victim do following a slip-and-fall accident? Immediately following the accident, it is important that a victim obtain medical attention right away. This will not only help assess their injuries but it also helps document the damages suffered by the victim. Next, a victim should report the incident and begin gathering evidence. Whether that means taking pictures of the scene of the incident or contacting witnesses, every detail and fact is useful.

At this point, it might be in the victim's best interest to seek legal assistance. An Attorney can help determine your recourses and best plan of attack when filing a personal injury suit. Finally, a victim should begin to focus on his or her recovery. This not only puts the focus back on their health and wellbeing, but it also helps itemize any future medical costs and damages the victim might endure. This can help with the full and complete calculation of losses and damages suffered.

No matter how shocking and unexpected an accident might be, if a person is injured because of the negligence of another, he or she might have legal recourses. A personal injury claim could help hold a negligent party accountable, while also helping with the recovery of compensation.

Source: Newswire.net, "Slip and Fall Accidents Are More Common Than You Might Think," Larry Alton, August 18, 2017

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