As the official start to the winter season approaches, many people are preparing for winter weather. For business owners, this means maintaining a safe environment in the event of snow and ice. Unfortunately, accidents happen, even when the strictest precautions are taking place. If you are injured as the result of a slip and fall accident on someone else’s property, there are steps that you should take to prove that the other party was liable so that you can file a claim.
- Seek Medical Attention: Immediately following the accident, it is important to seek medical attention for your injuries. This will help you get on the road to recovery, but it will also provide you with proper documentation on the injuries you sustained from the accident.
- Collect Evidence: It is also important to collect evidence from the site of the accident as soon as possible. As soon as the accident occurs you should alert the manager of the business or an employee. Additionally, you should take photos and videos of the site of the accident and note specific conditions that contributed to making the scene hazardous. Lastly, if there was an eye witness present, get a testimony from them.
- Prove Liability: In order to hold another party accountable for your injuries, you have to prove that the property owner or employee was negligent in providing a solution to a dangerous situation, or that they caused the dangerous situation themselves. An example would be an icy sidewalk that goes unsolved, or wet floors inside the business location without the proper signage to warn patrons of the potential hazard.
Slip and fall accidents can happen anytime to anyone, so it is important to be aware of what you should do if it happens to you. During these upcoming winter months, be cautious of wet, slippery floors and walkways caused by snow and ice. If you find yourself injured in a slip and fall accident, call Kevin Crooks today to schedule a free consultation.