This is Part 14 in our NYC personal injury video series: “I was in a trip & fall accident. Should I try to get up?”
Not if you’re in pain because you’re going make the situation worse, unless of course it’s a freezing day and maybe you want to get up and try to sit on whatever happens to be around, depending on what part of your body hurts. I mean, if it’s your leg or your foot or something got fractured, you want to be really careful about that. You don’t want to make the situation worse.
If you call the police, it’s going be documented. It’s going be in a report, and nobody’s going be able to dispute that you fell. Another thing you should do, if you can, is report the accident to the building owner. Have one of the witnesses knock on the door. Do you fall in front of a store? Was it an apartment building? Is there a super around? These are all people that should know there was an accident because this is called a reported accident and bringing a lawsuit with a reported accident is going get you a better result.