It’s safe to say that just about everyone has or will experience a slip and fall accident in their lifetime. Often, the accident will not be our fault. These slip and fall accidents can happen just about anywhere and can cause serious injuries such as broken bones, head trauma and lacerations.
This area of law is known as premises liability. Generally, under the law, buildings, sidewalks, stairs, homes, parking lots and the like must be adequately maintained to ensure the safety of the people who enter the property.
Steps to Take
If you or a loved one has experienced a slip and fall accident, it is important to know what steps to take immediately following the accident. This is not only important for your physical well-being, but also because the actions you take could affect your legal case down the road. Here are a few tips to keep in mind:
Seek Medical Treatment: Your health always is the first priority. Even if you aren’t sure how badly you’re hurt, it is important to get checked out by a doctor. Documenting your injuries will also be helpful to your case down the road should you need to take legal action.
File a Report: Wherever your accident occurred, report it to the appropriate party. If you are in a department store for instance, find the store manager. If you are in an apartment complex, contact the property manager or landlord. Ask the party to make a written report of the incident and request a copy before you leave.
Speak to Any Witnesses: If anyone witnessed the accident, be sure to take down their contact information. Their statements could be beneficial should you file a claim later.
Take Photos: Take pictures of the exact location of your accident, including what caused you to trip. Pictures of your injuries and the surrounding area are very helpful and help document the conditions of the area at the time of your incident.
Keep Track of Documents: As you go through medical treatment for your injuries, be sure to keep track of all invoices and receipts for doctor bills, hospital bills, pharmacy bills and related expenses. Also be sure to keep any written communications or emails that you receive regarding insurance coverage or any other matter related to your incident.
Do Not Discuss Your Case: It is important to talk to an attorney before you talk with insurance adjusters or investigators about why or how you fell. You should also refrain from posting on social media about your incident. Remember that anything you say could be misinterpreted and used against you later.
Come Speak to Us: A slip and fall case can be complicated and difficult to prove. Evidence tends to get lost, and witness’s memories fade. The sooner you contact our office, the quicker we can gather the important evidence in your case and create an action plan moving forward.
If you were hurt due to the actions or inaction of another party, you could be entitled to compensation for your injuries. This can include reimbursement of medical expenses, missed time from work, and pain and suffering. Give us a call to schedule a free consultation and learn more about how we can help.