If You’ve Been Injured in a Slip and Fall
If you have been injured in a slip and fall accident that was caused by someone else’s negligence, there are certain steps you should take to protect yourself. Determining who is at fault for the dangerous condition that lead to your slip and fall is the first step.
If you have been injured in a slip and fall, first you must determine if the accident was caused by your own negligence, or if a dangerous condition existed that caused your injuries. For example:
- Would a reasonably careful person have noticed the dangerous condition?
- Was there a legitimate reason for you to be near the dangerous condition?
- Were you distracted or acting recklessly in a way that made it more likely for you to be injured?
If Someone Else Was Negligent
If the slip and fall was caused by something other than your carelessness, some information you will want to take note of includes:
- What caused you to fall
- Whether or not there was any notification about the unsafe condition
- Any witnesses that saw the fall or the unsafe condition that caused the fall
- Description of the area where the slip and fall occurred, such as the walking surface, the kind of lighting in the vicinity or any weather conditions that created, or made worse, the unsafe circumstance
- Any acknowledgement by the owner, or possibly an employee, that they were aware the condition existed
- Take a photograph of the area to document the unsafe condition
As soon as possible after the slip and fall you should notify the owner of the property. If it is a commercial property notify the owner or an employee. You should get a copy of any accident report regarding the fall. If the fall occurred on residential property you should notify the owner in writing.
If you were injured, you should seek medical attention right away. You should also take pictures of any injuries to document them. Keep records of all medical treatment you receive. A personal injury attorney can help you to determine if you have a valid premises liability case, and can help to investigate who is at fault for your injuries.
This article is for informational purposes and does not constitute legal advice. Please contact an attorney in your local area for more information about premises liability law.
Further Legal Resources: The Law Offices of Searcy Denney Scarola Barnhart & Shipley, PA. Serving clients in Florida.