Slip-and-fall accidents are common at this time of year when the sidewalks are icy and hallways are wet from snow-covered shoes. Make sure you are wearing proper shoes that grip the ground and always look where you are going. Try to notice when slippery floor signs are posted and take smaller steps when you are walking in a particularly hazardous location.
If you are injured in a slip-and-fall accident, here are the seven steps you should take to protect your rights and get the support you need:
- Check for injuries. Many slip-and-fall accidents result in only minor contusions and some embarrassment. If, however, you have suffered a sprain, strain, fracture, or concussion, you need to take your situation seriously.
- Call for help. You may want to secure emergency services to get immediate help for your injuries.
- Notify management. The owner or manager of the building where the fall took place should be immediately notified of the accident.
- Request a copy of the incident report. It is important that record of the incident is generated. You should request a copy of the report as soon as possible.
- Collect evidence. Take photographs of the location where you fell. Include shots of exactly where you fell and wide-angle shots that clearly show whether or not there were warning signs near the hazardous conditions that caused your fall. It is important that photographic evidence is obtained before the hazardous conditions are taken care of.
- Get contact information. You should write down when and where the incident took place. You should also write down the name and number of anyone who witnessed the fall and of the building owner or manager.
- Seek out medical attention. In order to prove that you were hurt, see a doctor on the day of the accident. Your medical records can serve as legal documents if you choose to pursue compensation for your injuries.
A premises liability claim against the owner of a property can result in financial compensation for the victim of a slip-and-fall accident. The settlement for an injury claim should include compensation for your medical bills, pain and suffering, lost wages, and emotional distress. An experienced Princeton personal injury lawyer will be able to provide you with more information about pursuing your legal rights.