When you’ve been injured in a slip and fall accident on someone else’s property, it can be a traumatic experience. If your slip and fall accident was caused by a dangerous condition on the property, then the property owner or business may be liable for your injuries. When an accident occurs, it’s important to take the right steps to help your claim. These steps include:
Inform the Property Owner or Business
The first thing you should do if you’ve been injured in a slip and fall accident is to inform the property owner or business of your accident. Stick to the facts and don’t apologize for anything. Don’t embellish and make sure you provide clear and accurate information about what happened. Get the name and title of the person you speak to. Make sure to get a copy of any accident or incident reports that they prepare.
If possible, you or someone you’re with should take pictures of the dangerous condition that caused your injury. Be sure you take photos of the floor, the area around you, and the entire scene. The context may be important. Pictures can be critical for establishing that your version of events is accurate.
Witnesses can be essential to verifying your version of events. Other customers at a business who either witnessed the condition or saw your fall can be very important. Gather their names and contact information. If you decide to hire one, your attorney can follow up with these witnesses and gather important information about what happened.
Seek Medical Attention
Medical attention is not only important for your health and safety, but it is also a crucial step to building your case so that you can receive compensation for your injuries. Seeing a doctor immediately following your slip and fall is critical to documenting your injuries. Not all injuries are apparent immediately and adrenaline can sometimes mask symptoms, so it’s important that a doctor determine the extent of your injuries.
Contact a New York Premises Liability Attorney
If you’ve been injured in a slip and fall accident, you should consult with an experienced premises liability attorney. At Bonina & Bonina, P.C., we’ve been helping New Yorkers injured in slip and fall accidents for over 50 years. Contact us online or call us at 1-888-MEDLAW1 to schedule your free consultation. Home and hospital visits are available. Se habla español.