Falls are the leading cause of trips to the emergency room, accounting for 21.3% of visits and totaling over 8 million. Slip and falls, when an individual is injured due to the negligence of a property owner, accounts for about 1 million ER visits — only 12% of total falls. Surprisingly, that number still exceeds the number of motorcycle accident injuries and deaths in both 2012 and 2013 combined.
While it’s common knowledge that automobile and motorcycle accidents warrant a personal injury lawyer, fault is often hard to determine on slip and fall cases. Nevertheless, you are still a victim. A slip and fall lawyer will fight for your rights and help you return to your normal life after your incident, but not before you take these necessary steps:
- Seek medical attention:
Your health is the primary concern after your fall. Do not be afraid to see a doctor for what may look like a minor cut or bruise. It is best to be safe. Having your injuries well documented will provide proof if you decide to seek compensation from the property owner.
- Take photos:
Again, if you decide to pursue a case, physical evidence will help prove your claim. Photograph exactly where you fell, as well as any conditions that could have contributed to the fall. This can include jagged, dilapidated staircases, slippery floors, etc.
- Collect information:
Having witnesses to confirm your claim will help you greatly. Names of any witnesses, their phone numbers and addresses will verify your story. Do not contact them directly after your injury, but keep this information on-hand.
- Report it:
If you fell in a public area, such as a store or business, report it to the manager. If you fell at a residential property, report your accident to the homeowner or landlord. Obtain a copy of the report before you leave the property.
- Remain calm:
You do not have to talk to the property owner immediately. After reporting your injury, they may try to contact you. Do not become upset with them. Your injuries are the most important priority at this time — take care of yourself. Being angry will not change what’s already happened. You do not have to release a statement to them.
- Contact a slip and fall lawyer:
A slip and fall lawyer is a specific type of personal injury lawyer. The legal team at the Law Offices of Burg and Brock, a highly esteemed Los Angeles Personal Injury Law Firm, will aggressively pursue justice on your behalf. We will not ask for payment until we have won your case and grant you the peace of mind and compensation that you deserve.