North Dakota has no shortage of freezing cold weather. Although a winter wonderland can be fitting for the holiday season, it also creates hazards like slippery roads and sidewalks.
This is why winter can be the most dangerous time of the year in terms of personal injuries like falling on ice. It's important to know what to do after suffering a slip-and-fall accident. In some cases, you might be able to file a claim to receive compensation.
Older adults and seniors should be particularly wary of where they step this winter. As you age, your body becomes especially prone to serious injuries. Head trauma can more easily create bleeding in the brain, which you may or may not detect with a headache. Bones tend to become brittle and may shatter with the force of a fall.
1: Seek medical care
Falling on ice might not seem like a big deal at first. You might initially assume you'll only get a bruise. However, slip-and-fall accidents can cause major injuries, including broken bones and organ damage that you won't be able to see. If left untreated, these injuries can lead to more serious conditions later on.
The first thing you should do is make sure you are safe with a medical exam. Your doctor may provide a diagnosis and imaging tests to reveal the extent of the injury.
2: Gather information about the incident
In addition to medical documentation, you can support a personal injury claim with witnesses and photos. If an insurance company or business owner disputes your claim, this evidence will help you prove what happened.
It's possible that you fell on a patch of ice because it wasn't supposed to be there. North Dakota has certain laws that set winter safety rules for property owners, but negligence is mainly determined on a case-by-case basis.
3: Obtain legal guidance
If you wish to seek a personal injury claim, you should consider speaking to an attorney before approaching an insurance provider. While you can pursue a claim on your own, the help of a lawyer who has experience with this process can be a valuable thing to have when seeking compensation.