A slip-and-fall accident can happen anywhere. You may have been out shopping, dining or taking a leisure walk only to slip and fall due to unsafe conditions at someone else’s premises.
Injuries from slip-and-fall accidents vary, from minor bruises to broken bones, slipped discs and concussions. As a victim, it is important to take the proper steps after such an accident to ensure you protect your interests. Here is what you need to do.
Seek medical attention
It is prudent to see a doctor even if you don’t think you are injured. Not all injuries are apparent after an accident, which is why you need to prioritize getting medical treatment. In addition, your doctor’s report could be used to ascertain the extent of your injuries which is crucial in settlement negotiations.
Document the accident
If possible, take photos of your injuries and the accident scene and get contact information of any eyewitnesses. Such information could be valuable when you decide to pursue legal action. Video surveillance footage that captures your accident could also help your case.
Inform the property owner
It is also important to inform the property owner of your accident. However, do not accept or assign blame – leave that to the investigators. In addition, be careful with any statements you make to the owner, their insurer or on your social media. It is best to refrain from talking about your accident.
Get legal help
Property owners are legally obligated to keep their premises safe from reasonable hazards or risks to their visitors. As such, you may have a valid premises liability claim after your slip-and-fall accident and could be entitled to compensation.
It is in your best interests to have legal guidance on what you need to do to ensure you get compensated for the damages you suffered from the slip-and-fall.