Property owners are responsible for the safe upkeep of their property. If you are injured in a slip-and-fall (or trip-and-fall) incident on another person’s (or company’s) property, you may be entitled to compensation for your damages, including payment for your injuries, medical bills, and more. When injured in a slip/trip-and-fall, it is important to take the right steps (no pun intended) after the accident to ensure you can present a strong case.
Here is a quick guide to handling the aftermath of a slip/trip-and-fall:
Seek Medical Aid – There are two reasons for this. First, your health is of the utmost importance. Injuries should be treated so that you can begin to fully recover. Second, getting treatment allows you to establish clear documentation regarding the severity of your injuries. If you wait days or weeks, it becomes harder to associate the injuries to the fall.
Report the Incident – Wherever the accident occurs, make sure you report it to the “person-in-charge” of the place. This is usually the manager, property owner, or landlord. Ask for an official report so that you can be sure the accident was documented.
Document the Incident – Take photos of the area where the fall occurred. If the dangerous condition still exists (e.g. liquid, uneven asphalt, etc.), make sure to get it captured in the photo. Make a note of any details regarding the fall that you can remember, including the date, time, and activity you were engaged in when the fall occurred.
Collect Witness Info – If anyone saw the accident, collect his or her phone number or contact info. Witnesses are crucial in helping to verify the story as you present it.
Most importantly, you should contact a personal injury lawyer in Los Angeles as soon as possible. A personal injury lawyer can ensure you do not make any mistakes in preparing your documentation and can assist you in sorting out what to do next. Legal representation is your best ally when dealing with a slip/trip-and-fall case. For more information or to schedule an appointment with one of our experienced lawyers at West Coast Trial Lawyers, please contact us at (888) 539-9582 or visit www.WestCoastTrialLawyers.com.