How to Prove Injury for Slip and Fall Accidents
Slip and fall accidents happen all of the time. If you slipped, fallen, and injured yourself on commercial property, there are factors you need to consider. First, did the accident occur at a grocery, retail store, or business? You may be due compensation for the injuries that you have sustained. However, just how do you prove slip and fall accidents? More specifically, how do you prove it if no one was around to witness what happened? There are many thousands of property injuries and cases won every year. Either in court or through settlement, fair compensation is won to cover treatment for injuries. Treatment may include any rehabilitation and lost wages. However, in order to maximize the compensation deserved from slip fall accidents, one must do the following to prove the injury.
Report Accidents Immediately
While you may be embarrassed about falling, you need to overcome that feeling. You need to report what happened immediately to the owner or management of the location. If you have been injured seriously enough to call for an ambulance, that event will be properly recorded. However, if you are still mobile and just need minor treatment, you still will need to inform the management of what occurred.
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Always Document Slip and Fall Accidents
Using your smartphone or cell phone camera, take pictures of the area where the accident occurred. If it was a place with liquid on the floor or something out of the ordinary, be sure that you fully document the conditions. Each document should show what happened, including witness statements. You will need this evidence in the future to prove your case of negligence against the company.
Negligence is when someone or some entity fails to do everything reasonable to make an area safe for traversing in the case of slip and fall accidents. For example, if a water spill caused the slip and fall, was it left untreated? Were signs warning danger posted? The areas that presented a hazard that was not addressed are examples of negligence.
You may be given some forms or directions of the company’s procedure of what to do for slip and fall accidents. Make sure to gather that information. Before you act, you will need to take another step…
Seek Out an Attorney
Even if you are offered compensation immediately, it pays to seek out the services of an attorney. Your initial conversation will be a free one. Our attorneys will listen to what you experienced. They will advise you on how their services will help you get just compensation for what occurred.
Next, your attorney will file a claim against the responsible entity or their insurance company. They will use the documentation that you have. This will include the evidence, photos and contact information of any witnesses. Plus, all the bills associated with the treatment of your injuries are documents. Also, all evaluations by physicians for any future treatments need to be collected.
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