Slips, trips, and falls can happen to anyone. It is common for these accidents to happen in public places like shopping malls and grocery stores. But what if an accident was preventable? How can someone protect their rights in such a case?
“Slip and fall” cases are often difficult to win, so victims must be proactive. Slipping and falling on someone else’s property does not necessarily mean you are entitled to compensation. A few things must be established to make your case winnable:
- Was there a dangerous or defective condition on the property which caused you to fall?
- Not only that, but did the owner know about the condition and have enough time to do something about it (but didn’t)?
- Were you paying attention when you fell?
The following steps will help you win your case if you’re ever the victim of a slip and fall accident:
- Call for help: Call the paramedics if you incur serious injuries.
- Collect evidence: Use your phone to take pictures of the area where you fell and of any visible injuries you received. Were there witnesses? Collect their names, addresses and phone numbers. (Even if they did not witness the actual fall, people nearby could attest to the conditions at the time of the accident.)
- File a report: Report the fall to the owner or manager, but do not give an extensive statement. Collect names and titles of employees with whom you speak. Request that the accident report be filled out in your presence, then collect a copy you can give to your attorney.
- Take notes: Record the date, time, and location of the fall. Note the witnesses and store employees. Note the weather conditions (if relevant), and what you were wearing—particularly your shoes. Take note of what you were doing at the time, because many businesses will try to prove you were not paying attention.
- Seek medical attention: Don’t delay to get medical attention, even if you feel your injuries are minor. Delaying could negatively affect your case. When you go to the doctor make sure to mention every physical complaint, and make sure they are documented. Some injuries take days to surface.
- Contact an attorney: Find a personal injury attorney who has experience with this kind of case. There is a time limit to filing slip and fall cases, so contact him or her quickly to get started.
While it’s not easy, many victims of slip and fall accidents have received compensation for medical bills, lost earnings, pain and suffering, disfigurement, and even property loss (like clothing or jewelry).
If you are involved in such an accident, don’t hesitate to call the attorneys at Barry Law Group to represent you and fight for your rights. We have the experience that can work for you.(512) 271-5251.