If you fall while shopping or in your local bank, you might brush yourself off and hurriedly try to go about your day. That could be a mistake.
You might wind up with medical bills or even property damage costs if you crack your phone when you fall that you can’t recoup. Taking the right steps after a fall will improve the likelihood of a successful premises liability claim.
Report that you fell
Any time you fall at a public facility, the potential exists for you to hit your head and suffer a traumatic brain injury. It could be several hours or even a couple of days before you notice any concerning symptoms. By that point, the place where you got hurt may have already gotten rid of the security footage from the incident. They also won’t have any record to corroborate your claim that you fell and got hurt.
Make a video with your phone or take a photo
Before you leave the place where you got hurt, you can use your phone to capture evidence about what occurred. A picture of a spill on the floor can help you prove that you didn’t fabricate your story later if the store lies about what happened.
Recognize that you may need to see a doctor
You may feel tempted to ignore the minor signs of an injury because you don’t want to pay the big deductible on your insurance policy. However, if you get hurt at a business, the premises liability policy for that company should pay for your losses. Getting the right treatment can be an important step in bringing a premises liability claim, as it helps you validate that you have suffered injuries and tried to limit their impact on your life.
Taking the right steps after a slip-and-fall incident will increase your chances of a successful premises liability claim later.