Slip and falls can occur in a variety of settings – on public and private property, in a store isle or on a city sidewalk. In most situations, property owners have a legal responsibility to keep premises reasonably safe from hazards (those that they actually know about and those that they should know about).
Customers and other visitors to property can get compensation — via an insurance claim or a personal injury lawsuit — when a slip and fall injury is attributable to carelessness or negligence on the part of a property owner.
Slip and Fall: Premises Liability
Premises liability cases fall into two categories: commercial properties and private properties. In the case of businesses, owners have a duty to ensure people are reasonably safe while on the premises. If the business fails to make the property reasonably safe and a person is injured, the business owner can be held liable. Some injuries resulting in slip and fall cases include uncleared snow or icy walks, inadequate security, concealed holes, insufficient lighting, or defects in chairs or benches.
Personal injuries sustained from a bad slip and fall can lead to numerous complications, from a sprained wrist to traumatic brain injury. If a slip and fall case is caused because of the negligence or intentional action of another person, the victim may be entitled to a personal injury lawsuit or settlement.
Evidence You’ll Need To Bring A personal Injury Lawsuit or Insurance Claim
The preservation of evidence and proof of the cause of a slip and fall will be crucial to any insurance claim or personal injury lawsuit that is filed over the accident. So, it’s crucial to do as much as you can to gather proof and facts, and do it as soon as possible after the incident.
Documentation of Your Injuries and Other “Damages”
It goes without saying that you should seek medical attention if you’re experiencing even the slightest bit of pain or discomfort after a slip and fall accident. Be thorough and forthright with your doctor, and keep track of all medical bills and records as your treatment progresses.
The value of your claim is based largely on the severity of your injuries, which are evidenced by the medical treatment you receive and your medical records. The importance of these records in an injury claim cannot be stressed enough.
While the incident is still fresh in your mind, write down everything you can remember about the slip and fall accident. Where you were, what you were doing, what you saw, what you felt, and anything else that is relevant. And as your claim progresses, keep a daily journal of your injuries and your medical treatment, and how the accident and its effects have impacted your life — including your job, your hobbies, your mood, and any other aspect of your life.