Steps You Should Take After A Slip and Fall Accident
When you’ve been involved in a slip and fall accident, there are certain steps you should be taking right away. If you fail to take the following steps, slip and fall accidents can be the most difficult accidents to prove.
Get Medical Care ASAP
Immediately following your slip and fall accident, it’s important to receive medical care. This is important, because you want to receive immediate care following a slip and fall in order to receive treatment for any serious injuries. This also gives solid evidence of your injuries in case of a personal injury lawsuit.
Report Your Slip and Fall To A Property Owner
Whether your accident was on public property or at a private residence, it’s absolutely important to contact the property owner or even a manager and let them know you fell on their property.
When a jury/judge looks at a slip and fall accident, one of the first things they consider is when the slip and fall accident was reported.
Limit Communication To Property Owners
While it is important that you make a formal report to a property owner it’s not important to get into a deep detailed discussion of what happened.
Take Lots Of Photos!
Not only should you take photos of where the accident happened, but you should also take your own personal pictures of the injuries while you’re in medical care.
Taking photos of the location is often something a slip and fall victim will not do. By not having the photos of the area you do yourself a disservice for a few reasons.
1- Pictures of the actual location, especially if it shows visible signs for why the accident happened, is important. This can include a cracked sidewalk, a missing step, improper lighting, a missing or shoddy rail, etc.
2- A lawyer may decide not to evaluate a case if there are no pictures of the location.
3- Unfortunately, when a property owner knows you’ve been hurt in a specific place on their property, they could go out and fix the location where the incident happened. This could make it seem like the slip and fall accident was not their fault, but yours, which could result in your claim not getting processed or not getting compensation for the accident.
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