A slip and fall or trip and fall can be a serious matter. When you are seriously injured because of the negligence of a property owner, it is important to take steps to protect your rights and future. For personal injury cases, the burden of proof is on you. Simply put, you need to prove your case. For most slip and fall accidents, you will have to prove that a property owner knew or should have reasonably known about the hazard that caused your injury. Commercial property owners have an obligation to regularly monitor their property for any dangers that can cause others harm, including weather conditions (outside of the allotted time provided after a storm), uneven surfaces, debris, slippery substances, and inadequate lighting. When you can prove that they have failed to act reasonably to protect the public and you were injured because of the negligence, you may be able to take legal action. In order to have a chance at success, you should collect evidence or have an attorney send someone to collect evidence in your stead.
Firstly, always seek medical attention. When you are tended to, your medical needs are met and many of the facts of your case are documented. The medical professional that comes to help will document your injury, the place it occurred, and the approximate time it happened.
If you are able, collect evidence for yourself. Take pictures of the hazard that caused your injury because the property owner will quickly address the issue. Talk to any witnesses that may have seen your accident occur. Try and collect their contact information if you need their corroboration in the future. Lastly, contact a personal injury attorney to guide you through your legal matter and fight for your future.
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