Wet stairs or floors, bunched carpets, spilled beverages or food, and a variety of other things can be considered hazards for slip and fall accidents. If you've been hurt in a fall resulting from one of these hazards, you may be entitled to compensation. To help you get the best care and the most money, it's important to gather as much information as possible at the time of the accident.
Seek Medical Attention
Even if you don't think you're seriously hurt, it's important to seek medical attention as soon as possible. Having a doctor or other medical professional document any physical injuries, as well as your state of mind immediately following the incident, is critical to any future compensation.
Document the Situation
Indoor and outdoor environments are constantly changing. It's likely that whatever caused you to fall will change between the time of your accident and the next time you're able to return to the location. Try to get a record of the scene as best you can before medical help arrives.
Did anyone else see what happened? If so, ask for their contact information in case you need someone to verify things later. They may recall details you don't and will be able to back up what you remember on your own.
Does your cell phone have a camera? If you're physically able, take pictures of whatever you fell on and the surrounding area. A picture is far more illustrative of the situation than any words after the fact, so if you're able to take some pictures, it can make a tremendous difference.
When you feel up to it, but as soon as possible after your accident, make notes about everything you can remember. Include the date, time, location and any particulars about the surrounding area. Details like how long you'd been in the location, whether it's somewhere you go often or not, etc., are all incredibly helpful.
Know Your Rights
Proving liability in slip and fall cases can be challenging. Working with a lawyer can be key to ensuring your rights are protected and you receive compensation. Remember, the owner of the store, building, or parking lot where you were injured is going to have a team of lawyers helping him (or her) prove that they were not negligent and don't owe you any compensation. It's only fair that you have a lawyer fighting for you too.
Compensation for your injury is only part of the package. Depending on what happened and how badly you were hurt, you may also be entitled to compensation for lost wages or long-term distributions. Having a lawyer with a proven track record of success, like us, fighting for you means you'll get all the benefits to which you're entitled.
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