The National Safety Council reports that nearly 9.2 million people were treated in emergency rooms for injuries related to falling in 2016 alone!
By law, spaces including buildings, homes, parking lots, and walkways must be maintained to ensure they can be safely traveled by people. Premises liability ensures that if you were seriously hurt after slipping & falling on someone else’s property because of the owner’s negligence, you could be entitled to recover compensation for physical, emotional, and financial damages after suffering an injury.
What should be done if you are suddenly one of the many who have been impacted by a slip & fall accident? An experienced personal injury attorney like Laura Golub would advise you to pursue a slip/fall injury claim. After a slip and fall accident, the first actions you take can go a long way toward protecting your claim in court. Here are important legal steps to follow after a slip & fall accident
Report the Accident
The slip & fall accident must be reported to a property owner, landlord, or manager. Request a written report of the incident immediately and make sure you have a copy of every detail in writing before leaving.
Document the Scene
Take pictures at the location of the fall. Take care to photograph any stairs, icy patches, or other possible conditions that contributed to the accident. Note what was happening right before the accident, the way the slip/fall happened, and any other details, including the exact time and date.
Connect with Witnesses
Get contact information. It’s important to collect the names, addresses, phone numbers and email addresses for all nearby witnesses. Their statements could help prove your claim, even more so if they also have photos of the scene.
Seek Necessary Medical Help
Health is a priority. See a licensed medical professional to evaluate your injuries, treat them, and get the case officially documented. These medical records will be important pieces of evidence should you decide to seek compensation for your injuries.
Avoid Recorded Statements
Decline to give a statement to an insurance company over the phone, via email or in-person, until you’ve spoken to an attorney. Your words can be used against you!
Contact Personal Injury Attorney Laura Golub
Contact Attorney Laura Golub at (847) 808-9500 in the event of a personal injury like a slip/fall in the Chicagoland area. Always seek legal advice from an attorney to before communicating with insurance companies after an accident. If you call Laura, she can meet with you the same day of the injury to discuss filing a claim and begin the process quickly!