Documenting A Slip-And-Fall Accident That Occurred On Private Property

In Pennsylvania, property owners are required to take reasonable steps to prevent visitors from being injured on their properties. When they fail to repair potential hazards in a timely manner and/or refuse to warn visitors of possible dangers, they may be held liable if someone is injured as a result.

slip_and_fall_reportUnfortunately, slip-and-fall accidents are an all-too-common occurrence in office buildings, bars and restaurants, grocery stores, retail shops, churches, homes and other privately-owned establishments.

Thoroughly documenting the accident—as well as what happens in the days, weeks, and months that follow—can increase a slip-and-fall accident victim’s chances of collecting compensation.

Follow these steps to build a strong slip-and-fall insurance claim or personal injury premises liability lawsuit:

  • Report the accident to the property owner or store manager. In some cases, you may be able to complete an accident report; request a copy of it for your records.
  • Assess the scene. Knowing what caused you to slip and fall can be valuable. Look for a possible explanation, such as water, oil, snow or other liquid on the floor; cracked, uneven or worn surfaces; or exposed cords in walkways.
  • Document the evidence. Jot down the exact date and time the accident occurred, then take videos and photographs of the accident scene and any visible injuries you sustained.
  • Collect statements and contact information from witnesses. This information may come in handy if your attorney needs an official statement from someone who witnessed your accident.
  • See a doctor as soon as possible. Delaying medical treatment is a costly error that slip-and-fall victims can’t afford to make. Not only does seeking immediate medical care protect your health, it also ensures the accident and your injuries are on record.
  • Follow the doctor’s treatment plan to the letter, including attending follow-up visits. Seeing the doctor immediately after a slip-and-fall accident isn’t enough. It’s important to keep attending follow-up visits to allow the doctor to monitor and document your progress.
  • Journal how the injuries affect your ability to work or perform daily tasks. This type of documentation can help support claims involving pain and suffering, and other non-economic damages.

Consult an Experienced Slip-and-Fall Accident Lawyer

If you were injured in a slip-and-fall accident, the knowledgeable personal injury premises liability attorneys with the Accident and Injury Law Group can help you fight for the compensation you deserve. Contact us today to schedule a free initial consultation to discuss the details of your case.


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