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Premises Liability Basics

12/14/2020
Premises Liability
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When you are injured in a slip and fall accident, you may be confused about what you should do next. Our Tallahassee premises liability lawyers are here to help. 

Seek Immediate Medical Help

If possible, you should seek immediate medical help for your injuries. This may mean calling 911 or having another individual transport you to the hospital. It is essential to follow the advice and instructions of your doctor or other treating medical professional. Failure to do so may prevent you from recovering full damages in a future lawsuit.

Document Everything About Your Fall  

You must document the scene where the fall occurred as thoroughly and accurately as possible. This will help you a great deal when proving fault. Some of the ways to best document the scene include the following:

Take Photographs

Fortunately for these scenarios, most people in today’s society own a cell phone capable of taking a multitude of clear pictures. If you can safely do so, photos should be taken of any injuries sustained, as well as the exact scene where the fall occurred. If there are any contributing factors to the fall, it is necessary to photograph them as well in case they are remedied later. For example, if a loose step in a ladder caused your fall, photograph it so that subsequent repairs cannot be used as a defense to your lawsuit.

Record Witness Information

Record the names and contact information of any witnesses to your accident. Your Tallahassee premises liability lawyers will want to speak with them at a later date.

Make Detailed Notes

Write down everything that happened leading up to the accident, as well as anything else you can remember about the actual accident. Recovering damages in an accident can take months or even years, and your memory of the events may fade.

Preserve Clothing

Preserve whatever clothing and shoes you were wearing in a safe place. They may need to be examined and used as evidence by your Tallahassee premises liability lawyers at a later date.

Report the Accident to the Proper Authorities

Be sure to report the accident to whoever is responsible for the property where the injury occurred. For example, if a fall occurs in a department store, report it to the manager on duty. Make sure they give you a copy of their incident report. 

Be Quiet

Do not speak about the accident with anyone from the insurance company or their attorney. Instead, refer them to your Tallahassee premises liability attorney. Also, do not post about the accident on any social media accounts. Finally, do not state to anyone that you are to blame for the incident. 

Contact Skilled Premises Liability Lawyers

When you’ve been injured in a fall, it is a good idea to speak with one of our attorneys. Contact our firm online or at 1-888-549-7011 today to schedule your free consultation with our skilled legal team.

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