Take These Steps Right After Your Accident in Your Premises Liability Case
Premises liability cases arise out of a variety of business’ and property owner’s negligence, such as in slip and falls, negligent security of properties, escalator and elevator accidents, and amusement park accidents. If you are the victim of one of these accidents, you will have to prove the business’ or property owner’s liability and document your injuries in order to receive the compensation you are entitled to. In order to do so, you need to start preserving evidence immediately after your accident if at all possible.
What Should You Do After Your Accident?
Filing a lawsuit may not be on your mind right after you injure yourself at a business or other property, but gathering evidence could strengthen your premises liability case and increase the amount of your settlement. You should do the following:
- Seek medical care. If you are seriously injured, this step is a no-brainer. However, even if you do not believe you suffered any injuries, you want to seek medical care soon after the accident to document your possible injuries. Some injuries are not immediately apparent and others could develop over a few days or weeks—sometimes into medical emergencies if not diagnosed quickly.
- Report the accident. You want to report your accident to the manager or supervisor at a business or the property owner and have an accident report completed. This could preserve your right to compensation for your injuries later and defeat an insurance company’s denial of your claim. Be certain to get a copy of this report.
- Take photographs. You should take pictures of the accident scene, the hazard that caused your accident, any warning signs posted, the lighting, and any other condition that contributed to your accident. It is critical to take pictures right away before the condition is repaired. If you are too injured to take photos, have a friend, family member, or witness do so—preferably using your cellphone.
- Get witness contact information. Obtain the contact information for any witnesses to your accident and statements of what they saw.
- Start a diary. Start a diary with an account of how your accident occurred soon after it happened. Medications, medical treatment, and the pain and shock of the injury could later make these details less clear in your mind. Also keep a record of your injuries, your medical treatment, and how your day-to-day activities are affected by your injuries.
- Contact an attorney. You need an experienced premises liability attorney to obtain the compensation you could be entitled to. You want to contact him as soon as possible to avoid important evidence being destroyed, such as surveillance tapes that may have videotaped your accident but are frequently taped over.
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