7 Tips for Slip and Fall Accident Victims
Slip and fall accidents happen all the time. Uneven or cracked floors, sticky surfaces, puddles on floors, and broken stairs can all result in serious accidents. Most slip and fall accidents generally happen outside the home in public venues, such as restaurants, grocery stores and other such places. When you get injured in a slip and fall accident that was caused by the reckless or negligent actions of the property owner or manager, you may have a right to file a claim against them.
In order to protect your legal rights in filing a claim and seeking compensation against a property owner or manager, it is important that you know what steps to take. Below are some important steps to take following a slip and fall accident.
Get Medical Attention
Every slip and fall incident is different. The injuries you suffer depend on the specific circumstances of your fall and your overall health and age. Signs and symptoms of certain injuries may be evident right away. For example, you may not realize you suffered a head injury until weeks after the accident. If left untreated, these types of injuries, which may be asymptomatic at first, can become a serious threat to your health.
Take Pictures of the Scene
Pictures can be persuasive evidence in proving how the accident happened and who was at fall, especially in slip and fall accidents. As a victim, you have the right to document your accident with both pictures and video. You should take photographs of the exact location of where you fell. You should also take pictures of any hazards or conditions that may have contributed to your fall.
Find Witnesses and Get their Contact
It is also important to note if anyone actually witnessed your fall and/or the circumstances surrounding your fall. For example, if a witness noticed the wet puddle that caused your fall in a store, that is important evidence and testimony that your Orange County slip and fall attorney can use in proving your case. If there are any witnesses, you should get a statement from them and get their contact information before they leave the scene.
File an Incident Report
Incident reports help document both how a slip and fall accident happened and that the accident actually did take place. If you are not seriously injured with the need to be ambulanced from the scene, you should ask the property owner or the manager in charge to file an incident report. You should request a copy or at least take a picture of the document with your smart phone.
Call an Orange County Slip and Fall Accident Attorney!
If you or a loved one suffered injuries in a slip and fall accident caused by the negligence of another party, you may be entitled to compensation. You should immediately consult with an experienced OC slip and fall accident attorney to help protect your rights and get you the full compensation that you deserve.
For more information or to schedule a complimentary consultation with a lawyer, please call the Law Offices of Samer Habbas at (888) 848-5084.