What To Do Immediately Following A Slip And Fall Event
There can be severe injuries from a slip and fall event, and property owners have a responsibility to provide a premises that is clear or risks. Duty of care is the term used for the owner’s responsibility to keep an area reasonably safe.
When injuries happen, it can be emotional and stressful. The first thing on a person’s mind may be to leave the area and never return. But if the accident occurred at another’s residence or business, there could be a path to compensation. Even if you are not immediately thinking of a settlement, you might need to later when you are facing a stack of medical expenses and ongoing pain and suffering.
After an injurious event in Pennsylvania or New Jersey, connect with a Bucks County personal injury attorney. There could be immediate steps that will strengthen your personal injury claim, should you need to file.
Call a Medical Professional and Take Pictures
If you suspect an injury is serious, call a medical professional right away. Unfortunately, there are examples of individuals believing they are fine in the moments following a fall only to have an internal injury that is extremely severe. This could happen if a person strikes their head on a surface when they fall, for example. Medical care is often needed for recovery, and the documentation shows the seriousness of a claim and the importance of full and fair compensation.
Capturing images of the area can also be helpful for proving there was an unreasonable risk present. Injured individuals may be unable to photograph, but witnesses could capture pictures. Taking pictures right away is best, as a risk can come down to one person’s word against another’s later. This could be true if a person was injured on a wet surface that later dried, for example.
Photos of injuries can also be helpful. Document scratches, cuts, bruises and scrapes. These images should be taken as soon as possible, but if you have already left the accident site, it is still advisable to document injuries.
If you have already left, there could be other ways to obtain the documentation you need. There may be video cameras documenting the area for security reasons. A skilled lawyer can move toward securing a copy of that footage to help your case.
Documentation Beyond Images
There are other things you can do beyond taking pictures to document the slip and fall event, including jotting down notes on how the accident happened and recording details surrounding the event. The more information the better. Then, when you connect with a Bucks County personal injury attorney, they can determine which pieces of evidence prove your point the best and use those to negotiate a higher settlement offer.
Were you injured when you fell in Pennsylvania or New Jersey? Contact a member of the legal team at Kardos, Rickles & Hand. Our attorneys know how to secure the maximum settlement amount possible. Accidents happen every day. When they happen to you, it is essential you have a lawyer fighting for your rights. Reach out today, call 215-968-6602.