Preparing For Your Slip And Fall Claim
A slip-and-fall accident can happen at the mall, grocery store or basketball arena. The resulting injuries can be very serious — broken hip, concussion or a broken ankle — and can harm your ability to work for an extended period of time.
Slip and falls, or trip and falls, are commonly caused by the following dangerous conditions:
- Wet floors
- Uneven floor boards
- Dark stairways or poorly-lighted walkways
- Ripped rugs
- Broken handrails
- Harsh weather conditions
What to do after the fall
Slip-and-fall claims emerge from injuries that occur when a hazardous condition causes a plaintiff to slip on another’s property. Knowing what to do when you slip and fall can significantly impact the success of a subsequent lawsuit. The following are steps that a plaintiff should follow as a North Carolina slip-and-fall victim:
- Seek medical care: Injuries from slip and falls can be quite serious. Obtaining proper medical care is important because your health is your most important priority. It is crucial to obtain copies of all medical records and documentation.
- Report the incident: Immediately notify the landowner, store manager or homeowner of the place where the slip and fall occurred. Secure a copy of any slip-and-fall report drafted by the person in charge.
- Limit discussions: Minimize discussions with any involved parties after the incident to protect yourself from divulging anything that may be used against you during the claim.
- Gather evidence: Take photographs of the exact location of the incident and its surrounding area. In addition, take notes describing the physical circumstances of the accident. It is important to preserve any evidence that can assist your claim, such as recording the names, addresses and phone numbers of any witnesses.
- Preserve the evidence: All of the clothing and shoes that you wore at the time of the accident should be stored in a safe place because it can serve as valuable evidence.
- Contact an attorney: Before speaking to insurance companies, their lawyers or attorneys for the landowner, contact an experienced North Carolina personal injury attorney who will fight for your rights.
For more than 50 years, the Law Offices of Brian deBrun PLLC has been providing strong legal representations to personal injury victims in the greater Charlotte area. For more information on how we can help you, call our office to schedule a consultation.