What to Do After a Slip and Fall Accident
The potential for slip-and-fall injuries exists almost everywhere. Whether you encounter spilled water on the floor of a supermarket or injure yourself on unmarked and dangerous uneven ground, you may be able to receive compensation for your injury. Owners of property are responsible for the safety of those people who are on their property, and when an injury occurs, it is important that certain steps are taken.
Document Your Accident
First, document your accident. Record exactly what happened when your injury was sustained. Including important details such as the time and place of the incident, whether any witnesses were present, what you were doing when the accident occurred, and whether or not weather conditions contributed will be beneficial in your case. An experienced slip-and-fall injury attorney will need to know those details to properly handle your case and get you the compensation you deserve.
Document the Evidence
Secondly, document the evidence. Just as important as recording the details of the accident is making a record of the evidence as well. Taking pictures of the scene of the accident, as well as the injuries and property damage you sustained, will be of great benefit to your case. Pictures could serve as important evidence to present to insurance companies. Also be sure to keep all labels, packaging, written instructions or warnings if your slip-and-fall injury could have been due to a defective consumer product.
File an Incident Report
Thirdly, file an incident report. Providing all of the details and evidence to a property owner or manager for an incident report also will be beneficial to your potential case. An incident report or police report could establish important facts such as the preliminary assessment of fault, and will also serve as further proof to insurance companies that your injury deserves compensation.
Lastly, meet with a qualified attorney. Consulting with a knowledgeable attorney regarding your slip-and-fall injury is imperative. Many times our clients first attempted to deal with insurance companies on their own, causing confusion and undue stress. Let our qualified slip-and-fall attorneys handle the insurance companies so you don’t have to. The attorneys at Harris Personal Injury Lawyers offer free consultations and are ready to review your case with you. If you or a loved one has been injured in a slip-and-fall accident, contact us today.