Victim of Slip and Fall?
What should you do?
In a slip and fall case, the most crucial aspect is what happens immediately after the fall.
To present the case there needs to be a defect that caused you to slip, trip, or fall.
What I Should Do
I am still at the scene at of the accident:
The first thing you should do is to take photographs of the area, especially if it happens on a commercial property. It becomes very difficult to prove that there was a wet or icy surface if you do not have a photograph. The sooner you seek legal advice, the better it is for the case because the attorney can immediately dispatch investigators on the scene to take photographs, measurements, and interview witnesses, if there are any.
Take photographs of any scratches and bruises because those types of injuries go away and we all know that a picture is worth a thousand words. However, you can still have a case, even if you do not have pictures.
Finally, go to the hospital, if necessary. Your injuries need to be documented by a medical professional. We can recommend a medical provider or you may go to a doctor of your choosing.
I have already left the scene of the accident:
The best thing to do is to go back to the scene and see if the area is still in the same condition as when you fell and take pictures of the defect.
If the area is not in the same condition, do not despair. If it is an outside location, a lot of businesses or surrounding areas have video cameras. Your attorney can request videos and pictures of the place and time where the incident occurred. There is a lot that depends on you and your attorney’s quick response to the event.
Most cameras record on a 30-day cycle and if the video is not timely requested, then the video of your incident may be taped over.
We can meet you at your home or at the scene of the fall to gather a complete picture of the incident.
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