Slip-and-fall accidents can be physically, emotionally and financially draining. When you suddenly get hurt because of a dangerous condition, you may be in a state of shock and confusion. But you may be able to get compensation for your accident by filing a personal injury lawsuit.

The first steps you take after an accident can have a significant impact on the success of your personal injury claim. Keep the following suggestions in mind so you can seek damages and recover from your injuries.

Create, gather and preserve evidence

As long as you are conscious and can safely move around after you slip and fall, do whatever you can to document the accident. This may include taking pictures of hazards and any visible injuries. You should also promptly report the incident to the highest-ranking individual on the premises. Make sure the report is in writing. Identify any witnesses of your accident and get their contact information. Witness statements that corroborate the facts can help your slip-and-fall case.

Get medical help

See a doctor as soon as possible if you sustain an injury. If you are in an emergency situation, you may want to call 911 for an ambulance or go to a walk-in clinic. Falls account for 21.3% of emergency room visits. Do not delay seeking medical treatment. The quicker you are at getting medical treatment, the more legitimate your claim will appear to insurance companies and juries.

Follow treatment guidelines

When you tell your doctor about your injuries, he or she may create a treatment plan so you can heal. This may include physical therapy appointments, follow-up appointments and prescription medications. Show up to your appointments and take your medications as your doctor advises. Failure to follow these instructions may give the insurance company an excuse to assume your injury is not serious enough.