In Pennsylvania, property owners are required to take reasonable steps to prevent visitors from being injured on their properties. When they fail to repair potential hazards in a timely manner and/or refuse to warn visitors of possible dangers, they may be held liable if someone is injured as a result.
Unfortunately, slip-and-fall accidents are an all-too-common occurrence in office buildings, bars and restaurants, grocery stores, retail shops, churches, homes and other privately-owned establishments.
Thoroughly documenting the accident—as well as what happens in the days, weeks, and months that follow—can increase a slip-and-fall accident victim's chances of collecting compensation.
Follow these steps to build a strong slip-and-fall insurance claim or personal injury premises liability lawsuit:
- Report the accident to the property owner or store manager. In some cases, you may be able to complete an accident report; request a copy of it for your records.
- Assess the scene. Knowing what caused you to slip and fall can be valuable. Look for a possible explanation, such as water, oil, snow or other liquid on the floor; cracked, uneven or worn surfaces; or exposed cords in walkways.
- Document the evidence. Jot down the exact date and time the accident occurred, then take videos and photographs of the accident scene and any visible injuries you sustained.
- Collect statements and contact information from witnesses. This information may come in handy if your attorney needs an official statement from someone who witnessed your accident.
- See a doctor as soon as possible. Delaying medical treatment is a costly error that slip-and-fall victims can't afford to make. Not only does seeking immediate medical care protect your health, it also ensures the accident and your injuries are on record.
- Follow the doctor's treatment plan to the letter, including attending follow-up visits. Seeing the doctor immediately after a slip-and-fall accident isn't enough. It's important to keep attending follow-up visits to allow the doctor to monitor and document your progress.
- Journal how the injuries affect your ability to work or perform daily tasks. This type of documentation can help support claims involving pain and suffering, and other non-economic damages.
Consult an Experienced Slip-and-Fall Accident Lawyer
If you were injured in a slip-and-fall accident, the knowledgeable personal injury premises liability attorneys with the Accident and Injury Law Group can help you fight for the compensation you deserve. Contact us today to schedule a free initial consultation to discuss the details of your case.