What to Do After a Slip and Fall Accident
July 10, 2018
If you slip and fall on someone’s property, there are several steps you need to take afterwards to make sure you obtain compensation for costs from any resulting injury. The following are helpful tips that ensure you are being careful and thorough in your slip and fall accident.
- Seek medical treatment right away. Sometimes the seriousness of an injury is not obvious. By obtaining the treatment you need, this will create a medical record that can be referenced if you choose to seek to compensation for your injuries.
- Report the accident. The owner, manager, or landlord of the property should be told of your accident immediately. Depending on the circumstances, you may be able to have them to record the details in writing. If this happens, be sure to obtain a copy.
- Collect as much relevant information as possible. If there were witnesses, document their names and contact information. Their statements will be important evidence to help prove your claim. If you are able, take pictures of the exact location where you fell. If there were conditions that made it likely you would fall, such as debris on the ground or icy patches, be sure to document those conditions.
- Write down the details of what happened. Record the day, time, weather, and any other details you can remember. The clothing you were wearing at the time is also significant evidence. You should put the shoes and clothing in safe storage so that, if they become relevant, you can provide them in the exact condition as when you fell.
- Do not make any statements other than reporting the fall. Do not post details of the incident on social media. Do not give statements to an insurance adjuster or any other person until you have the chance to seek advice from an experienced slip and fall lawyer.
- Contact an experienced slip and fall lawyer as soon as possible. The ability to present a successful case will depend on the lawyer’s knowledge of premises liability law, their ability to identify and gather necessary evidence, and present the detailed circumstances of how the slip and fall happened.
Personal injury cases hinge on determining whether there was negligence on the part of the owner of the property and can include whether the injured person was negligent. You may be entitled to compensatory damages to make up for financial and physical loss. You may also be entitled to punitive damages if there was extreme wrongdoing on the part of the owner.
The duty of care owed to you depends on your relationship to the property owner. You are an invitee if you are on the premises with permission for a business purpose, you are a licensee if you are on the premises with the owner’s consent and for non-commercial reasons, and you are a trespasser if you enter the premises without permission.
Camden County Slip and Fall Lawyers at DiTomaso Law Advocate for Victims Harmed in Slip and Fall Accidents
Slip and fall cases can be deceptively complicated and difficult to prove. If you have been injured in a slip and fall accident, contact an experienced Camden County slip and fall lawyer at DiTomaso Law. We can be reached by phone at 856-414-0010 or you can complete an online form to set up a free confidential consultation. We are in Philadelphia and Cherry Hill, New Jersey, and we proudly serve clients from the surrounding areas.
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