It is important to know that what a person does immediately after an accident can make a difference as to whether or not they recover any compensation for their injuries.
First, make sure that you are aware of where you fell. Make notes as to the place that you fell. Take pictures with your cell phone or camera or get a friend or relative to take pictures. If there was a crack in a sidewalk, hole in the ground, pothole or something unexpected take a picture of that defect immediately!
Second, get a police accident report, ambulance report, AIDED report (non-car accident reports). A defendant, jury or insurance carrier is more likely to pay you money if you have a report from someone whose job it is to take down important information regarding an accident .
Third, get the names and numbers of witnesses. This is crucial. Uninvolved witnesses who are not related to you and are not your friends are seen as reliable witnesses by defendants, juries and insurance carriers.
Fourth, Make an Appointment to See a Lawyer! Immediately after your accident, insurance carriers send out adjusters, investigators or claims agents to investigate your accident claim. Without legal representation, you may say something that could severely jeopardize your claim and your chances of receiving the maximum monetary compensation possible for your physical injuries and emotional suffering.