A slip and fall accident can happen almost anywhere, from a wet floor in a store to a dangerously loose carpet, and can lead to serious lifelong injuries. If the owner of the property was responsible for the condition that created the accident, they may also be responsible for your injuries. If you happen to have an accident and you think it was the property owners fault you may have rights under the law. This article will explain what you need to do to protect your rights if you are injured on someone else’s property.
Accidents can happen for many reasons but the most usual situations that lead to falls include:
Seek medical attention: If you fall on someone’s property and injure yourself you should seek immediate medical attention. Although most falls lead to minor injuries, more serious injuries are not uncommon including broken bones, cuts and bruises.
Document the accident: If possible, you or someone you are with, should talk to someone at the property responsible for the location including an employee, manager or owner. Ask to fill out an incident report, if they refuse to allow you to do so, take down the name and position of everyone you speak to.
Investigate the area: You or someone you are with should investigate the area of the accident to determine the cause of the fall. If you believe it was the property owners fault, try to document the evidence. If you can, take a picture of the area and any specific items that could explain the accident. Ask anyone who saw the accident if they would be willing to give you their contact information as a witness to the accident.
Document your injuries: Many times the full extent of an injury is not apparent until well after the accident occurred. Keep track of any injuries that you feel are related to your fall and inform your doctors as to the cause of your injuries.
Since 1995, attorney Eric Castelblanco has been dedicated to helping tenants understand and assert their rights. For more information about your rights, call 213-388-6004 or visit their website at: www.castelblanco.com. The information presented in this column is for educational purposes only. You should seek the advice of an attorney regarding your individual situation.