A slip and fall negligence case against a property owner is a “premises liability” case. In such a case, the owner’s liability stems from his, her, or its ownership of the premises and the negligence that caused an injury to a prospective Plaintiff. Essentially, the landowner is being held responsible for failing to maintain their property and causing an injury to someone. In this blog post, we will discuss what to do after a slip and fall accident. Here are some steps you should take after suffering an injury in a slip and fall accident:
Seek Medical Help: It is important that a medical professional treat you as soon as possible after a fall. Slip and fall victims may not be immediately aware of the seriousness of their injuries. This is why it is important for slip and fall victims to follow up with a medical professional as soon as possible to make sure that they are tested properly for all symptoms. Your injuries may lead to lifestyle changes and could result in missed time at work.
Take photos: Photograph anything that can help show how the accident occurred. Photos of a property hazard can provide useful evidence in making a claim. Get photos of what made you fall, such as a puddle, loose stair tread, hole or torn carpet. Photograph the general location and surroundings. Document your injuries and any bandages, cast or neck brace, as well as damage to your personal property, such as your clothing.
Inspect the Scene: If possible, try to identify what it is that caused you to fall and whether it is a moveable or transitory substance or a defect in the floor. The first would be something you might slip on and the other something you may have tripped on. For moveable items, a Plaintiff has to show that the Defendant actually or constructively knew about the object. For a defect, you can show that they should have known.
Report the Accident: No matter where the slip, trip, and fall accident happens—in a store, on a sidewalk, or at a friend’s house—make sure you report it to a manager, owner or landlord. Remember to get the details of the incident in writing—ask the manager, owner or landlord to make a written report, and request a copy before you leave.
Decline to Give Statements: Remain calm and limit your communication with the property owner or manager. This includes to the insurance companies, as well as to social media or the traditional media. Decline to give a statement to an insurance company until you’ve spoken to an attorney. Do not place blame—and don’t take any.
Call an Attorney: When considering legal action, the best person on your side is an experienced attorney. Since many slip and fall cases are complex and difficult to prove, you are best served by the resources of a successful law firm.
If you have been injured in a slip or trip and fall that was caused by a property owner’s negligence in Florida, let the injury attorneys at Suarez & Montero review the circumstances of your accident and discuss your legal options. If you are due compensation, our attorneys are ready to provide proven legal representation in pursuing your claim and stand ready to protect your rights. Contact us today at 786 Lawyers for a free consultation!