“I was injured when I slipped and fell at a retail store. Is the owner of the business liable for my injuries?”
A slip and fall accident can be a serious event and the owner of a business may be liable. In some cases minor injuries can be the result which do not require medical attention, however, slip and falls accidents can results in serious injuries and even lead to death. If you’re hurt in a slip and fall accident at a business, there are specific steps you must take in order to protect yourself and to get justice against the negligence that led to your injury.
Immediately following a slip and fall accident, visit your doctor or the ER if you are hurt. Ask the physician to document the injuries in detail and make sure to take time stamped photos. The physician’s report and those photos will help establish the severity and reality of the injuries sustained in a slip and fall accident.
Once you’re injuries have been treated, return to the scene of the accident and be sure to document the conditions of the ground and the surrounding area. Write down what you see, take photos, and make sure to get statements from witnesses who were present. If you were injured in a store or restaurant, make sure you fill out an accident report and have the business manager or supervisor on duty sign the accident form.
If possible, get counsel from a personal injury lawyer who has experience with these types of cases and ask them to visit the accident scene for you while you are being treated. The sooner the better. It might seem like a lot of leg work, but you’ll be grateful for it when the time comes to provide detailed proof of the accident.
If you are looking for an accident attorney in NYC who has experience with slip and fall cases, please call me for a free consultation. I work with contingency fee agreements which means you will not pay a dime unless I win your case.