It is common for people to make bad judgments and mistakes in moments of stress. Your brain doesn’t work as well as it usually does immediately after a car crash or after you get hurt. Mentally preparing yourself for a situation can help you make the right choices if you are ever in that situation. There’s a reason fire prevention advocacy groups recommend that family’s physically practice fire evacuation routes.
You don’t have to practice falling and hurting yourself, however, to avoid making the one biggest mistake that people commit after a slip-and-fall incident at a store or in a parking lot.
Don’t leave without reporting what happened to someone with authority
If it turns out that you broke your tailbone and can’t work for three months, you may need to bring a claim against the business that negligently failed to keep dry floors in their entranceway. You will have to cover your medical costs and your lost wages. There could also be property damage, especially if your phone fell when you did.
Unfortunately, if the business doesn’t know about the time that you fell while coming inside to buy groceries, you will have a very hard time making a claim against their insurance coverage or taking legal action against them in court. In order to protect your rights to compensation, you need to report the incident as soon as possible.
In other words: If you slip and fall in a store or another business, don’t just get up and brush off your injuries and hope they’ll heal. File a report. Even if you don’t think that you’re seriously injured now, an injury could show up once your adrenaline wears off. A written report will help affirm that you experienced the incident on the premises. Validating that the incident occurred is the first of several steps for those with a potential slip-and-fall claim.