Hands out of pockets – check. Walking not running – check. Sometimes, even when taking precautions as you navigate the sidewalks and businesses in Iowa during the winter months, you can be injured in a slip or fall accident if someone shirks their responsibility. If you slip and fall on ice, the property owner or business responsible for clearing ice, snow or other hazardous conditions may be held responsible if you are injured after they failed to clear the hazard in a reasonable amount of time.
Steps to Take
If it happens to you, be sure to report the fall to the business or property owner even if it seems like a minor fall. If there is a hazard, they need to be made aware immediately so that other individuals are not injured and also in the event that your injury is more serious than your initial assessment. Ask them to fill out an incident report and obtain a copy.
Fortunately, most people have ready access to a camera through their cell phones. It is important for you to take photos of the surface where you fell and the surrounding area and conditions. Be sure to document the date and time of your fall – your camera likely has a date stamp feature for convenience. If anyone witnessed your fall, take the time to get contact information if possible.
It is important to get prompt medical attention even if, at first, you don’t seem to be seriously hurt. This provides you with documentation in the event that your injury is of more consequence than you suspected or if the property or business owner fails to correct a dangerous situation, resulting in someone else’s injury.
Get Legal Help
Slip and fall injuries can be debilitating leading to missed work, medical bills and sometimes temporary or permanent disability. Contact an experienced personal injury attorney for help in getting the compensation you may be entitled to for a slip and fall injury today.