We’ve all tripped, slipped and fallen at some point. While most fall victims leave the scene with nothing more than dirt on their outfits and a little bit of embarrassment, it is not uncommon for some to sustain life-altering injuries like broken bones and head or spine injuries. If you are hurt while lawfully on someone else’s property, you may file a premises liability claim against the property owner per New York negligence laws.
But a premises liability claim is not as straightforward as most people think. To successfully pursue your claim, it is important that you take the following steps:
1. Let the property owner know about the accident
It is important that you report your slip-and-fall to the property owner as soon as possible. If possible, be sure to have them record the incident. And if anyone witnessed the accident, write down their contact information. Should the matter end up in court, their testimony will certainly play an important role in strengthening your claim.
2. Take photos of the scene where you fell
A picture is worth a thousand words, especially when you are dealing with a legal matter. If you slipped and fell because the floor was wet, be sure to take photos. Likewise, if you were tripped by a loose cable or a torn carpet, be sure to take photos of the hazards that led to your slip-and-fall.
3. Seek treatment immediately for your injuries
A slip-and-fall accident can leave you with a variety of injuries. While a sprained ankle will be immediately apparent, internal injuries like concussions will often take time to manifest. Seeing the doctor immediately after the slip-and-fall will ensure that your injuries (both visible and invisible) are properly diagnosed and treated in time. It will also ensure that you obtain a doctor’s report that outlines the extent of your injuries and what it will cost to treat them.
Many slip-and-fall accidents are attributable to a property owner’s negligence. Learning more about New York personal injury laws can help you protect your rights and interests while filing for damages.