Accidents involving falls happen all the time, and thankfully most of them do not result in injuries. But many falls do results in serious injuries. In fact, according to the 2011 National Safety Council Injury Facts, 8.9 million visits to the emergency room every year are the result of slip, trip, and fall accidents.
If you were the victim of a slip, trip or fall accident resulting from the negligence of another person or organization, you may be entitled to compensation. But making the claim can be difficult, especially if you have never done something of the sort before.
The first few days after your accident are crucial in building a case. After you fall down, if you think it may have been caused by the negligence of another, follow these steps to start building your case right away.
How to start building a case after you fall down
- Take pictures.
Photographic evidence of your fall can be a vital part of your case. If possible, take pictures of the scene of your accident, the spill or hazard that caused your fall, and any scrapes, bruises, stitches, or casts that resulted from your fall. Remember that you may have a legal claim if you fall down as the result of someone else’s negligence, so be sure to document the circumstances of the accident.
- Get medical treatment.
It is very important that you see a doctor as soon as possible for your injuries. Proper care and treatment is crucial for your recovery. Medical records are a very important part of the evidence involved in a slip and fall accident.
- Find witnesses.
Your case will be much stronger if you are able to find someone who witnessed your accident. If someone witnessed your fall and can attest that it was caused by negligence on the part of another, they could help your case. Try to get a name, address, and telephone number so you can get in touch if you have to.
- File an accident report.
If you are in a building or other location owned by someone else, like a grocery store or department store, make sure you file an accident report. Many businesses will help you by recording your version of the events and saving it for future legal use. Just ask to see a manager to file a report, and try to get a copy before you leave.
- Save the evidence.
Hang on to any evidence from the scene of the accident that you think may be useful for your case. If you were wearing shoes at the time of the fall, preserving your shoes can be important as they may have evidence of the fall on the soles. This evidence can be a critical part of your case.
Next steps in building your slip and fall case
All of these steps can be overwhelming, especially if you have just suffered injuries from a fall. If you’ve just been the victim of a fall, the last thing you want to do is collect evidence and build a case. That is where the Law Offices of Thomas More Holland can help. If you’ve suffered injuries as the result of a fall and are interested in building your case, TMH Law can help. Call us today at (215) 592-8080 to see how we can help.
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