Most people are caught off guard by a slip and fall accident, since these accidents often happen when one least expects them to occur.
Cracked or uneven flooring, spilled products, or merchandise stacked in aisles are common causes of slip and fall accidents. Rickety staircases and parking lots with potholes are also well-known causes of falling accidents.
If you are injured on someone else’s property regardless if the property is public or private you may be entitled to receive compensation.
In order to win a claim against a property owner, you must first prove the owner knew, or should have known, about the unsafe condition of the property where your accident occurred.
Also, if you have had a slip and fall accident, it is important to protect yourself by following these steps.
Try to remain calm. Not remaining calm can lead to further trauma. Take deep, calming breaths and focus on getting the necessary medical treatment.
Get medical attention. Seeking medical treatment is the most important action to take following an accident, even if you believe your injuries are minor. Unfortunately, minor injuries can sometimes turn out to be worse than initially believed. Also, be sure to get all medical documentation from the accident, which can later be used as evidence in a premise liability case.
File a report. As soon as possible, report your slip and fall accident to the manager, landlord, or property owner. Be sure to obtain a copy of the report for your records.
Keep all evidence. Keep copies of all reports, documents, or medical records pertaining to your accident. Also, its a good idea to take and keep pictures of your injury, the place the injury occurred, and the condition of the property at the time of our accident.
You may also want to set aside the clothes and shoes you were wearing at the time of the accident, as they may need to be presented as evidence.
Contact a slip and fall attorney. At O’Connor, Acciani & Levy, our slip and fall lawyers have helped clients recover millions for personal injuries due to a property owners negligence, and we can help you, too.