Unfortunately, many people suffer from a slip-and-fall injury due to property negligence. If you hurt yourself on someone’s private property, the owner may be responsible under premises liability.
After a slip-and-fall injury, it is essential to know what to do next. This article gives a step-by-step guide on what to do immediately after an injury due to property negligence.
Get a written testimony
It is vital to receive a written report from the owner, landlord or property manager. No matter how minor the injury, you need documentation of the incident given when it occurs. If you try to get it later, receiving compensation may be more difficult.
Get treated by a doctor
Seek treatment as soon as possible. Medical records are essential for future compensation. If you wait too long, there might not be any evidence of your injury to report. In New York, the statute of limitations to recover damages due to injury is three years.
Take pictures and keep evidence
Document every name, phone number, address and email address that is relevant to your case. This includes witnesses, landlords or anyone that works in the building. Take pictures of where you fell and any causes of the accident. If there was a wet spot or dangerous walkway, this could help your compensation case. Finally, keep any clothing from the accident and do not wear it until after the claim.
Do not speak with opposing parties
Do not speak to the landlord or property owner about the accident after you get a written statement. Also, do not post about the accident on social media. It is best to let professionals argue your case for you.
A slip-and-fall accident can be devastating for your health and financial situation. Keep yourself protected by following the process described in this article.