Slip and Fall, Now What?
Slip and fall accidents happen often, and can happen to anyone, anywhere. The weather does not have to be icy, snowy, or wet, and they can occur inside or outside. A property owner has a duty of care to ensure that their property is safe, but they do not have to guarantee your safety. If you are injured on someone else’s property, you could be entitled to compensation for your medical bills, lost time at work, and pain and suffering.
If you happen to fall on someone else’s property, are injured, and think the accident stemmed from an unsafe condition or negligence, here are some important first steps to take to preserve your claim:
1. Document what happened
In every case, insurance companies, doctors, and lawyers are going to want to know the exact details of how, when, where, and why the accident occurred. The more details you remember, the more helpful it will be in proving your case. Obtain the names, addresses, and telephone numbers of witnesses and photograph the accident scene, including the dangerous condition that caused you to fall. Keep the shoes and clothing you were wearing in a safe place, in case you need them later.
2. Seek medical attention
Your health should be your top priority. Additionally, any delay seeking medical care may negatively impact your case because it calls into question whether you were really injured. Tell your doctor about every injury you suffered and the pain you experienced; don’t omit a complaint because you think that it’s minor. Get all the necessary X-rays, MRIs, and any other imaging or diagnostic studies recommended by your doctor. Meticulously document all of your medical expenses, including expenses for over-the-counter medication and supplies. Attend all of your appointments, including physical therapy, if required.
3. Report your injuries
Report your accident to the property’s owner or manager immediately. Insist that they prepare a report for the accident, and, if possible, obtain a copy of that report. Do not, however, give an extensive statement, or admit any form of fault or liability until you have spoken with an attorney. Also, if you see surveillance cameras in the area where the accident occurred, ask for the surveillance footage, and if they won’t give it to you, tell them to save it until you can get a court order requiring them to give it to you.
4. Contact an attorney
If you are considering legal action because of your injury, the best person to have in your corner is an experienced attorney. An experienced attorney will help you to navigate the complex legal system and process, and ensure that you are fairly compensated for your injury.
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