Slip and Fall Accidents
Slip and fall accidents are the most common type of premises liability accidents. Slip and fall accidents can occur in the workplace, on commercial or residential property, and on public or government-owned land. Victims may suffer devastating injuries ranging from fractures and burns to catastrophic brain and spinal cord injuries. The most devastating premises liability accidents end in wrongful death.
Property owners have a responsibility to keep their premises reasonably safe and warn visitors of potential hazards. Should they fail to do so, and someone injures him or herself on the property, the owner is legally responsible for compensating the victim for injury-related expenses. These can include medical bills, loss of income or earning capacity while injured, and pain and suffering.
If you or someone you care about has been injured in a slip and fall accident, it’s important to know what steps to take following the accident.
Here are 8 Steps to take after a Slip and Fall Accident:
- Seek Medical Attention. The number-one priority following a slip and fall accident is your health or the health of a loved one. If you’ve been injured, it’s important to seek medical care from a doctor so that your injuries can be properly evaluated and documented. Those medical records will be important pieces of evidence should you need to seek compensation for your injuries.
- Report the Accident. Notify the property owner, building manager, or landlord of the accident but do not sign anything. This signature can be used against you and prevent you from receiving any legal damages.
- Request an Incident Report. Request a written report with all the details of the accident and request a copy of the report for yourself before you leave.
- Take pictures and videos. Take pictures or videos of your injuries and the conditions of the environment that led to the hazard.
- Document All Details. Collect the names, addresses, phone numbers and email addresses for all potential witnesses. Their statements could help prove your claim if you decide to pursue a legal action. Also, get the property address and the contact information of the property owner.
- Do Not Give Statements. Limit any communication with the property owners or managers. Decline to give statements to any insurance company until you speak to an attorney to ensure that you do not get fooled by them.
- Hire an Attorney. A personal injury attorney will guide you through the claims process and protect your best interests.
- Do Not Post on Social Media. Avoid posting on social media about the slip and fall. Insurance companies could use any information against you.