Owners of both residential and commercial properties have a duty to keep their premises and property in a reasonably safe condition. They also have a duty to warn customers or guests of dangerous hazards. This includes retail stores, condominium associations, hotels, restaurants, movie theaters, gyms, sports stadiums, etc.
If you slip and fall on a foreign substance, like water or some other type of liquid or grease, you may have a claim against the property owner. Likewise, if you trip on a foreign object you likely have a claim against the property owner. Sometimes, you do not trip on an object but on a defect in the ground. This could include an uneven floor, a crack in the floor or ground, or any other defect in the floor or ground. Property owners often purchase insurance policies which cover their negligence on the property. Contact Steven J. Litvack for a FREE CONSULTATION.
After the fall, it is important to take a good look at what caused you to fall. Chances are that the store will immediately mop up the liquid, clean up the mess, remove the dangerous object, or fix the defect. Employees are not the most cooperative witnesses. They tend to side with their employers. They often “don’t know” or “don’t remember" much of the incident. You can become your own “star witness” by taking a few minutes after the fall to take a good look at what caused you to fall and exactly where the fall occurred. Try to take photographs of the location of the fall, what caused the fall, where you were coming from, and where you were heading.
What should I do following a fall?
Below is a list of some things to do, if possible, after you suffer a slip and fall or become injured on someone’s property:
- Use your cell phone to take pictures of the accident scene, any substance or object that caused your fall, any visible injuries which you sustained, where you were coming from prior to the fall, and where you were heading prior to the fall.
- Collect as much information as you can about the location of the fall and/or what you fell on.
- Get the name, phone number, and address of any witness(es) that observed the fall.
- Immediately report the fall to a manager at the store so they can complete an incident report.
- Check to see whether the store has any surveillance cameras that may have captured the incident. If so, it is important to contact Steven J. Litvack ASAP so that the surveillance can be preserved.
- If you are injured, seek medical treatment immediately.
- Do not speak with anyone about the incident, except your doctors or your attorney.
- Contact Steven J. Litvack for a FREE CONSULTATION.