Being injured on another’s property as a result of a slip and fall is a common occurrence. While not all slip and fall accidents create grounds for a lawsuit, there are several situations in which Indiana law could entitle you to compensation. There are some important steps you should take following a fall or injury to protect your rights and evidence in the event legal action is necessary.
Slip and fall accidents can occur anywhere outside your home; some examples include commercial stores, private properties, your workplace, etc. In some instances, slip and fall accidents can be the result of clumsiness or distraction, but sometimes there is a dangerous condition that caused your injury. In these cases, another party could be responsible for your injuries, depending on the location of your fall and the specific factors that lead to your fall and injuries.
Here are some steps to take immediately following a fall on someone else’s property:
If you fall while on the property of another, the first step you must take is to ensure your safety and get help right away if needed. If you have severe pain, lacerations, or injuries that need immediate medical attention, seek the help of emergency services.
Make your accident known
Report your fall and injury to whoever may be in charge of the location where the accident has occurred. Whether it be an employee with authority or the owner of the property involved, make certain they are aware of the accident. In many instances, these individuals may complete a report which you may request a copy of. Be careful to not sign any documentation or statements at this time; simply reporting the injury or accident is sufficient.
If a report is not completed, make sure to take the information of the person or persons you have reported the accident to such as their name, contact information, and their relation to the property where the accident happened.
Collect evidence & documentation
One of the most important things you can do following a fall or injury on the property of another is to document as much as you can as quickly as you can. Your best tool to accomplish this is the camera of your mobile phone. Take photos of your injuries as well as the surrounding areas and any conditions that are present that may have led to your fall such as a wet floor, debris, damage on the floor, or obstructions.
Document your recollection of what happened as soon as you are able to. Take some notes of how the accident occurred and what you believe may have led to your fall.
Speak with a personal injury attorney
Once you have received medical treatment for your injuries, it’s wise to contact an attorney regarding your accident and discuss the details of your case. Do not make statements or sign any insurance settlement offer or documentation of any kind until you have sought the legal advice of a knowledgeable slip and fall attorney.