A slip and fall accident refers to the liability rules that govern a case in which an individual falls and suffers harm due to the negligent conditions on someone else’s property. This area of the law covers any accidents that result from the victim encountering an unsafe condition underfoot regardless of whether the result is a stumble, twist or other harmful movement.
A slip and fall accident is typically the result of spilled liquids or food, a cracked sidewalk, ice, broken flooring, uneven steps and potholes but, can also include less obvious causes such as poor lighting, faulty handrails, recently waxed flooring, worn flooring, non-regulation construction and dysfunctional stairs and elevators.
While naturally you would prefer not to be involved in a slip and fall accident sometimes they are impossible to prevent. While it is understandable that the maximum level of care is taken to avoid hazardous situations they might not be immediately visible and could put you in peril. If you are the unfortunate victim of a slip and fall accident it is important that you act to protect your claim.
How to protect your slip and fall claim:
- Get Help– Make sure staff/employees are immediately made aware of the incident.
- Don’t Sign Anything– Depending on where the slip and fall accident occurs the property owner or representative might fill out an accident report and will typically ask for your signature. It is imperative that you refrain from signing any paperwork presented to you.
- Listen Carefully– Take note of any conversations occurring around you. Perhaps an employee suggests to another employee that they failed to place a sign or that this isn’t the first time this happens. Employees can help prove negligence.
- Inspect the area– If you are in a position to take photos, do so. Take plenty of photos particularly before the scene of the incident is cleaned up by staff or employees. It is essential to photograph any hazards that might have caused the accident. If you are unable to do this on your own ask for help from those around you.
- Gather information– If possible jot down the names and phone numbers of any witnesses to the accident.
- Seek immediate medical attention– If you sustained substantial injuries, you will naturally seek medial attention. But even if your injuries seem minor at first, you could have sustained a serious injury that is not yet evident. For your own well-being and in the event you must file a claim, you should seek immediate medical attention.
- Get legal representation– Slip and fall cases can become rather complicated, and thus it is best to hire an experienced and qualified personal injury attorney. The majority of personal injury attorneys take on cases on a contingency basis, and no fee will be paid by you unless there is monetary recovery.