If you have been involved in a slip and fall accident and you think that someone else is at fault, one of your first actions should be to contact a personal injury lawyer, such as one of the lawyers at Bansley Law Offices. One of our experienced lawyers can help you gather the evidence that you need to prove fault in court and receive compensation. You can begin your research about slip and fall accidents here. If you’d like to discuss your case with one of our excellent lawyers, you can contact us here for a free consultation.
While no business wants a customer to be injured while on it’s property, accidents do happen. If you were injured on public property, private property, or at a commercial enterprise, you may have been involved in a premises liability accident. Businesses are responsible for premises liability accidents if they fail to keep their property safe to walk on. While it is impossible to prevent every accident and injury, businesses are bound by law to exercise the same care as any responsible person would when it comes to the safety of their customers. Businesses therefore have to notify customers of potential dangers due to slippery surfaces and they should take the necessary precautions to prevent injuries and danger. For example, if it snows and the sidewalk leading to the building becomes icy, the business is responsible for clearing the walkway, putting down salt, and making sure that all possible actions are taken to prevent a slip and fall accident. Likewise, if a floor has recently been mopped, a “caution-floor is slippery” sign should be used to warn clients and customers that might slip and fall on the surface if they do not realize it is wet.
To sue a business or person for compensation for your injuries, you have to prove that the business did not properly maintain its property, and it failed to warn you of potential danger. The best way to prove that the business is at fault is by gathering evidence of the business’ negligence.
If you were at least partially responsible for the injuries you sustained in a public place, you may not receive compensation, or you may only receive partial compensation for your injuries. For example, if you fell down a flight of stairs in a public place because you were running, this is not entirely the business’ fault. A business does not have to warn a customer against the customer’s reckless behavior. If you were at least partially responsible for your injuries, the compensation that you receive will be reduced.
In order to prove that you were injured as a result of your fall, and that a person or entity is responsible for your injuries, you should:
- Write down everything that happened surrounding your slip and fall. Right after your accident, you should make an account of everything that happened. What was the weather like? What were you wearing? How did the accident occur? Did the business or person who’s property you were on warn you of a slippery, wet, or otherwise dangerous surface? What is the extent of your injury?
- Visit a Doctor. Another step that you should take immediately following a slip and fall accident is to go to a doctor or a hospital. You should have your injuries looked at by a professional. In addition to getting treatment, having a record of your injury will help you if decide to file a personal injury lawsuit.
- Go to a doctor or a hospital. Whether you think that you are injured or not, you should immediately go to a hospital or see a doctor to determine the extent of your injuries. Many times, adrenaline and shock will immediately mask an injury sustained in a car accident. You might not realize that you are injured or you might think that your injury is minor, even if you have been seriously injured. Seeing a doctor will help you get a full understanding of your injuries if you received any in the crash, and it will serve as physical evidence of your injuries should you file a personal injury claim.
- Contact a personal Injury Lawyer. A personal injury lawyer can help you determine if you have a case that will stand up in court. A personal injury lawyer can also help you build your case and prove that another person or entity is responsible for your injuries. The average person does not have the experience needed to go through a personal injury case on his or her own. A lawyer can answer your questions, take the burden of building a case off of you, and make sure that everything is done correctly.
- Make records, determine what is owed to you. You should keep a record of every bill that you receive related to your injury. This can include: Doctor appointment bills, hospital bills, physical therapy fees, surgery fees, loss of income due to missing work & prescription medication fees.
This will help the court determine how much money you should receive in compensation.
By hiring Bansley Law Offices, you will take the first step in protecting yourself and getting the compensation that you deserve. We can guide you through this process, help you negotiate your case with the defense, and help you determine if you want to settle your case or go to trial. For more information, contact us today.