Know the Facts: Slip and Fall Accidents

In the personal injury field, a “slip and fall accident” is exactly as it sounds: someone slips and either falls or stumbles and sustains personal damages or injury. If the accident is the fault of another party, usually the property owner, a personal injury claim can be pursued. Slip and fall accidents can have numerous causes, including, but not limited to: wet cement, a cracked sidewalk, a greasy floor or bad lighting and could lead to a public liability claim.

What to Do if You Slip or Fall

There are many factors involved in filing and winning a claim. It is important that you have evidence of your fall and of the conditions that caused it. Ideally, it will prove that someone was negligent and didn’t provide for a reasonable degree of safety, causing you to fall. Your first step should always be to call a personal injury or compensation lawyer, but here are a few things to look for:

Report the accident immediately. For example, this could be to a property owner, a restaurant manager or to mall security. Make sure that they complete an incident report. If they don’t, write a letter and send it to them, making sure to keep a copy for yourself.

If your slip or fall was captured by a camera or monitor, request a copy of the tape for yourself. If they refuse, ask them to save it. Be sure to document who you talked to, when you talked to them and what you asked them to do.

Then, see a doctor. Tell the doctor exactly what happened and how it is affecting you.

What Constitutes Negligence

You don’t need to know a lot about slips and falls, but it helps to have an idea of what would constitute negligence on the part of a property owner. If there is a condition on the property that causes danger and it hasn’t been addressed in a reasonable amount of time, the owner can be found responsible for any accident it causes.

Make the Call

If you have been injured and think someone else’s negligence may have caused it, it is in your best interests to call the professionals at Bradford Legal. If you have a case, we will give you our best: (08) 9316 2299.

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