A slip and fall can injure almost any part of your body. Broken bones, internal bleeding, brain trauma – a serious fall can have life-changing consequences.
If you slip and injure yourself on a commercial property, your statements and actions in the immediate aftermath of the accident will affect your ability to recover compensation. The store owner may be liable for your medical bills, lost income and other damages related to your injury; however, winning a premises liability claim is a legally complicated process. A small mistake, such as overlooking certain damages, ignoring important evidence or signing a general release, could prevent you from recovering fair compensation.
This is where an injury lawyer can help. A Biloxi personal-injury attorney from Morris Bart, LTD will evaluate your case, gather evidence and aggressively represent your interests. Call 800-537-8185 to schedule a free consultation.
Read on to learn five steps you should take immediately after a slip and fall:
- File an Incident Report
Report the accident to the storeowner or manager, and ask to file an incident report. Request a copy of that report.
You should also contact the police. An officer will compile an accident report, which your injury lawyer may use to prove negligence and liability.
- Gather Evidence
Take pictures of the hazard that caused the fall and your injuries. These will be valuable evidence if the storeowner or manager attempts to fix the problem quickly.
Also, look for closed-circuit television (CCTV) cameras. Ask to see the footage, and record the video on your cell phone. Request a copy of the video.
- Speak with Eyewitnesses
Write down the contact information of anyone who saw the accident. Your personal-injury attorney may use witness testimonies to support your claim. Record their full names, addresses, phone numbers and email addresses.
- Get a Medical Evaluation
Even if you do not feel severely injured, make an appointment with your doctor. Sometimes it takes several hours for the symptoms of a slip and fall injury to manifest.
A fast diagnosis may improve the outcome of your treatment and reduce your recovery time. Also, putting off a medical evaluation could make it difficult for your injury lawyer to tie your injuries to the accident.
- Contact an Injury lawyer
Your attorney will handle the legal aspects of your claim so you can focus on recovering from your injuries. Your lawyer will gather evidence, interview witnesses and handle settlement negotiations on your behalf. Make sure you hire an attorney with litigation experience in case your lawsuit goes to trial.
If you were injured on a commercial property in Mississippi, contact Morris Bart, LTD. Our attorneys have been representing the injured for more than 30 years, and we have the knowledge and resources to help you recover the maximum compensation.
We strive to provide all of our clients with the attention, compassion and respect they deserve. Call 800-537-8185 to schedule a free consultation with an injury lawyer in Biloxi.