Slip-and-falls can happen anywhere: public sidewalks, malls, stores, restaurants, private property, office buildings, or even on the job. If you have fallen while at your job, please also see Workplace Accidents.

There is a legal obligation on property owners to keep sidewalks, store aisles, office corridors, and other public areas in safe condition and free of danger. When the conditions of these areas fall below reasonable standards and you are injured, you may be entitled to compensation.

If possible, you should try and take photographs of the accident site as soon as you can. The condition of the site will often change, and photographs can help document any dangers that were present when you fell.

You should also notify the owner of the property about your fall as soon as possible. Owners will often make incident reports, and you should try to obtain a copy. Try to note the name of the person you spoke to, as well as his or her position if appropriate.

If anyone else witnessed your fall, you should try and get his or her name, address, and telephone number.