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What to do after a Rhode Island slip-and-fall accident

Rhode Island victims who have suffered injury because of a slip, trip or fall, may be embarrassed about the incident -- but experts say you need to speak up if you want to get the money you deserve to pay for your medical costs. A negligent property owner should not be allowed to get away with failing to protect the public from hazardous conditions. So, what should you do in the aftermath of a slip-and-fall accident? Here are some tips to help you get started.

First, victims need to make sure that they get medical attention for any injuries suffered during the incident. Even if you think you only suffered bumps and bruises, other, more severe, injuries could be lurking beneath. Only a knowledgeable medical practitioner can clear you after a slip-and-fall accident, so make sure that you get medical treatment immediately.

Gathering information is also key to taking your case to court. Take photographs of the incident site as quickly as possible -- or have a family member or friend do this while you are receiving treatment. Getting witness statements and contact information is also crucial to building your case against the negligent property owner. Witnesses can back up your claims about the condition of the icy sidewalks and other hazards. Further, make sure that you properly store the clothes you were wearing, in a large sealed bag, if possible.

Finally, make sure that you write a thorough account of the incident so you do not forget what happened. Having a written account of the accident can make a big difference in court, providing additional firepower for your personal injury lawyer. You deserve financial compensation to pay for lost wages, pain and suffering, and other civil claims -- taking the right steps in the immediate aftermath of an accident can make all the difference.

Source: Colorado Springs Gazette, "7 things to do after a slip & fall accident," Erin Prater, Feb. 24, 2017

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