Personal Injury Law: Slip and Fall Accident Tips
Slip and fall accidents are some of the trickiest situations in personal injury law. One reason for this is that they can happen most anywhere and to anyone. They are not very predictable and the weather doesn’t have to be icy, snowy or wet for an accident to take place. Most everyone will suffer a fall at some point in their lives and there’s a good chance it won’t be your fault when it happens.
There is a level of safety that needs to be provided at homes, workplaces, and other public spaces to ensure people are not injured by a slip and fall accident. This is called premises liability. If you are injured on someone else’s property because they failed to make that space properly safe, then you could be entitled to compensation.
Compensation in slip and fall accidents will usually cover medical expenses, loss of work while recovering, and more as it relates to the accident.
So what should you do if you or someone you love is injured in a slip and fall? Here are some personal injury law tips to help you:
- Seek medical attention immediately. Your health and well-being is the most important thing at this time.
- Report the incident. You should also report the incident to the manager, supervisor, homeowner or some other person in charge at the location of your fall. A landlord or business manager should take a written statement and provide you with a copy before you leave the scene.
- Take photos. Always try to take photos of the location you fell and the area around it. You want to document the exact location with as much photographic evidence as possible. You also need to document the time and date of the accident.
- Collect info. You should collect all relevant info such as names, phone numbers, and addresses of witnesses or people involved.
- Call an attorney. You should call an experienced premises liability lawyer as soon as possible. Slip and fall cases are often difficult to prove and you want to involve a professional as soon as possible.
- Save your clothing and shoes. You should take the clothing and shoes you were wearing at the time of the accident and safe them in a safe place. They could be used as important evidence in the case at some point.
If you’d like to learn more about personal injury law, or how we can help you with a slip and fall case, contact us today.
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