This guide summarizes a few important tips to help preserve your rights after you are involved in a slip and fall or trip and fall incident
Take Photographs of What Caused Your Fall
Florida law requires that a person seeking to recover for injuries after a slip and fall prove that the property owner KNEW of the dangerous condition that caused the fall, and prove that the owner SHOULD HAVE KNOWN of the dangerous condition if they were properly maintaining the property. Taking photographs of the condition, and of what caused the condition, preserves valuable evidence in case resulting injuries end up being severe and the owner tries to avoid responsibility. DO NOT rely on the business preserving evidence.
Make a Report, and Get a Copy
To make sure there is a formal record of the incident, how it happened, and who was involved, it is important to take the time to report the incident, and have a formal report drafted. Make sure the report includes the cause of the fall, the date, time, and location on the property, and the names and contact information of witnesses and people involved after the fall.
Get Contact Information for Witnesses
Property owners and businesses often do not fully document the names of all witnesses. The testimony of witnesses, however, can end up being crucial to proving your case. Gathering the names of witnesses, and contact information, can protect you later on if the property owner tries to escape liability for your injuries.
Get Examined As Soon As Possible
Following any type of injury, it is important to get examined as soon as possible. This is for two reasons: first, to get the medical treatment you need to get better as quickly as possible; second, to document the full extent of your injuries and how they were caused. Any delay in seeking treatment can significantly hurt your case.
Consult a Lawyer Before Having Any Conversation Regarding Your Injuries With The Insurance Company
If you are hurt as a result of a fall, it is best to speak with a qualified local personal injury attorney before having any discussions with insurance companies about how the fall happened, and what your injuries are. Only a qualified lawyer can fully and properly explain your rights.
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