You may have gone into Kroger, Wal-Mart, or another grocery store to buy cereal, milk, produce, and other groceries when all of a sudden you find yourself on the ground. You may be embarrassed that you fell in public so you try to stand up quickly, but you realize that you are hurt and that there was spilled liquid on the floor that made you slip and fall.
What Do You Do Now?
Following an Atlanta slip and fall accident, there are some things you should do and shouldn’t do in order to protect your interests. While it is common to try and stand up as fast as possible after falling due to embarrassment, doing so may be used against you if you decide to pursue a Georgia premises liability claim. Some things you should consider doing include:
- Look to see if there are any witnesses to your accident. If so, ask if they saw your slip and fall and collect their contact information in case a statement may be requested of them.
- Use your cell phone. In this situation, a cell phone can be used for two important reasons. First, call for medical help if you are injured. Your health should be your number one priority, but getting medical attention can also help strengthen your premises liability case. Second, take pictures with your cell phone to capture the accident scene including the spilled liquid, the floor, and your injuries (if they are apparent).
- Report your slip and fall. It is important to let the store manager, shift manager, or assistant manager know about your slip and fall accident inside their grocery store. Let him or her know that you will be seeking medical attention, and make sure to take down the name of the person to whom you spoke.
- Do not use social media. After an accident, many people like to share what happened to them on Facebook or Twitter. It is best not to share any details of your accident and injury with anyone, unless it is with your Atlanta slip and fall lawyer.
To talk with an experienced Fulton County premises liability lawyer, call the Law Offices of Shane Smith for a free consultation today at 770-HURT-999 and find out about your rights, next steps, and how to pursue compensation after your slip and fall injury.