What steps should I take if I have been injured in a slip-and-fall accident?
First and foremost, you should get medical attention after a slip-and-fall accident, regardless of how you feel. Some common slip-and-fall injuries can cause delayed symptoms but can be diagnosed by a medical professional before problems arise. Seeking medical care also establishes a record of your injuries, which you’ll need to prove a potential claim against the property owner.
After a slip-and-fall accident, you’ll want to take several steps to establish a record of the accident and preserve evidence of what has happened to you. If you have fallen at a business, office or other public establishment, you or a companion should report your accident to management as soon as possible. Obtain a copy of the accident report.
You’ll want to save copies of any document connected to your accident, including any accident report(s) and receipts for medical care, medicine and physical therapy. You’ll also want to create and preserve evidence if you can, such as photos of the hazard and of your injuries (bruises, a cast, etc.), witness statements, and anything else, such as clothing that was torn or shoes or jewelry that was broken in your fall.
As soon as you are able, you should contact an experienced slip-and-fall accident lawyer. At the Becker Law Office, we will meet with you to go over the circumstances of your case and explain your legal options at no charge and with no further obligation. If we can help you pursue a claim, we will do so at no charge unless we obtain a monetary settlement or court award for you.
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