If you’ve been involved in a slip and fall accident, time is critical. Before doing anything, get checked out by medical experts at the scene. You may need to be taken to the hospital if your injuries are serious enough.
If your injuries aren’t serious enough to be taken to the hospital right away, do an inspection of the area where your fall occurred. Use your cell phone’s camera or video camera to take pictures or a recording of the scene of the accident and specifically of what caused your fall. Make notes and take pictures or videos of what the weather was like outside at the time of your fall, because rain or snow can often play an important role in your case. Make notes of what caused your fall and what the object looked and smelled like.
You should report the accident to the business owner, if it occurred on commercial property. Most businesses have a policy of preparing accident reports. Be sure to get a copy of any report prepared before you leave the premises. Also, you should insist that any video of the incident and for a period of at least 1 hour prior to the incident be preserved without alteration. You will need this to prove the source of the dangerous condition and how long it existed before your fall. Follow up with a confirming letter to the business owner.
It’s also important that you locate witnesses, if any. Write down the names, phone numbers and addresses of any individuals who were in the area before, during or after the fall occurred. Take written statements from the witnesses, since memories can sometimes quickly fade after people leave the scene of the accident. You may also consider using an audio or visual program, which many cell phones have, to record witness statements if the witnesses are willing to be recorded.
Have you been involved in a slip and fall accident in southern California? Was that accident caused by the negligence of the property owner or manager? If so, contact Don Sjaarda, Orange County premises liability attorney, at 714-963-8216. You should make contact as quickly as possible after the accident, because in slip and fall cases, time is of the essence.