Property owners are obligated by law to provide safe conditions for visitors, including a dry, slip-resistant surface to walk on. When a property owner’s negligence causes someone to slip and fall, the injured person may be able to file a claim for compensation for medical bills, pain and suffering, lost wages, and other costs. From the moment you injure yourself to the time it takes for your lawyer to take your case to court, here are some important steps to take after being injured in a slip-and-fall accident.
Document the Scene
Slip-and-fall accidents can take place anywhere and anytime. If you slip and fall and injury yourself, try to document the scene to the best of your abilities. Take pictures of the area where the accident occurred and get contact information of any witnesses. The better you can document the scene and what happened, the better chance your lawyer has of getting you every penny you deserve for your pain and suffering.
Seek Medical Attention
Even if you don’t immediately think you injured yourself, it’s important to seek medical attention as soon as possible after being involved in a slip-and-fall accident. A medical professional can examine you for hidden, internal injuries and will document your physical condition as a result of the accident. This information will also be used to determine how much compensation you are owed as a result of your injuries.
Contact an Attorney
Whatever the severity of the injuries, contact a Hackensack personal injury attorney right away. New Jersey law requires slip-and-fall claims be filed within a limited time period. Waiting to consult with a skilled personal injury lawyer means you might miss the deadline. Delaying also gives the property owner time to eliminate evidence and coach witnesses on what to say.