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Even after being legitimately injured by slipping people, often try to shrug off their condition. This is the last thing anyone should do after such an injury. It is the responsibility of the property owner to provide a reasonably safe area for visitors. Do not be afraid to hold them accountable when they are negligent.

A nasty fall can lead to concussions, sprains and broken bones, strained muscles, nerve damage and worse. One of the best ways you can look out for yourself if this happens to you is to speak to an experienced attorney.

A legal professional will deal with the insurance companies and advocate for you in court, if necessary. It can mean the difference between getting the resources you need to cover bills while you recover and going deep into debt.

In most cases, these are some of the best steps you can take in the aftermath of a serious slip and fall:

· Assess the situation - Determine how badly you are injured, how many witnesses there were, why you slipped and who the property owner is.

· Call 911 if necessary - If you have broken bones or think you may be concussed, get an ambulance right away.

· Gather evidence - If you are not in need of immediate medical attention, photograph the scene, what caused your fall and gather information from witnesses. The more facts you have the easier it will be for your attorney to negotiate with insurance.

· Notify the property owner - Tell the property owner that you fell and injured yourself. If it is a business, ask to file a report. If the police become involved, ask to give them a report of your accident.

· See a doctor - If you did not call 911, then go to a doctor after the above steps. It is best for your own wellbeing and having a medical record will help your case.

· Speak to an attorney - Once you have your data and have been checked out by a doctor, speak to a personal injury attorney to begin the compensation process.

Each situation is different, but these 6 guidelines can help you navigate the first few hours of an injury.

Never take a slip and fall related injury lightly. Traumatic brain injuries, broken bones and spinal injuries are all possible from something as seemingly minor as slipping on wet pavement. Treat your injury with the seriousness it deserves.

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