A common type of accident that happens every day is the slip and fall accident. A guest or patron of a store or business slips, falls, and sustains injuries due to a dangerous condition on the property. As a personal injury attorney, I am frequently contacted by people who have been injured in a slip and fall incident who are not sure how to handle this kind of situation. Here are a few important things to keep in mind.
If you slip and fall and hurt yourself at a store or business, you should seek out medical care as soon as possible. Many times, people are embarrassed that they just fell, so the first inclination is to get up shake it off and leave. This could be a mistake if you really injured yourself. If you are not able to get up and are by yourself, you should attempt to contact 911.
Some businesses have been trained to move you and get a report. Making a report is fine so long as you leave the store holding a copy of it. Most stores keep the report and say they will mail it to you or give you a copy later, only never to provide the report. Your report should contain an explanation of what you were doing and how exactly the accident occurred, the names and contact information of any witnesses, and the injuries you sustained in the fall. If you know what caused your fall, that will be important should the store decide not to help you with your medical care. If no official report is made, you should write all of this information down as soon as possible.
You need to seek medical treatment from a doctor or hospital to determine the extent of your injuries. It is important to receive medical care for your injuries, and it is also important to establish an official medical record. If you do pursue a negligence claim against the business, prompt medical treatment will show how serious your injuries were.
To have a valid negligence claim against the property owner, you must have been injured due to a dangerous condition that the owner knew about or should have known about. A property owner is responsible for taking care of any dangerous situations that could harm individuals who come onto his or her property.
An injury attorney will need a lot of information to begin investigating this possible claim. Do you know exactly what caused the accident to occur? If you slipped and fell on a wet floor, do you know the specific substance that was on the floor? Could anything have been done to prevent the accident? Did the property owner put up any signs or warnings about the dangerous condition?
If you or a loved one have been injured as the result of a slip and fall accident due to a property owner’s negligence, it would be wise to contact an experienced Georgia injury lawyer right away. If your injury was caused by someone else’s negligence, you may have the right to recover compensation for your medical bills and for your pain and suffering. It is important to document all of the information mentioned above in an effort to substantiate your claim.