How to Gather Evidence after a Slip and Fall Accident? 4 Tips for Your Safety
Gathering proper evidence after a slip and fall can help with a personal injury claim.
From slides on slippery floors to tumbles over jagged sidewalks, a slip and fall accident is one of the more common injuries. In fact, falls account for 8 million emergency room visits each year, according to the National Floor Safety Institute.
There can be many causes to a slip and fall accident, including:
Wet floors – Common after cleaning, slips can occur on damp surfaces, making a person lose balance. This can also occur if someone spills a beverage on the ground.
Loose carpet – Bunched up carpet, as well as carpet not secure on the ground, can cause people to trip
Missing or broken handrails – A person will often use a handrail to help maintain balance up or down stairs. One that is not properly maintained can lead to someone losing grip and falling.
Uneven floors – Similar to loose carpet, an uneven floor is a major hazard that can lead to a slip and fall accident.
After a slip and fall accident, it can be complicated getting proper evidence at the scene. While your safety is always number one, you can try taking the following steps to gather support for your claim:
Where you fall can be an important factor if you pursue legal action. It’s beneficial to snap photos of the area, documenting any issues such as the previously mentioned potential hazards.
Get in Contact with the Property Owner
If you slip in a store or fall at an arena, get any pertinent information on the business owner, or person in charge, that you can. This should include information such as name, phone number, and email.
See if the property owner has security cameras on the premises that may have may have captured the incident. This footage can be potential evidence.
Keep Track of Your Personal Recollection of the Incident
This article previously mentions taking photos. However, take video or make a note in your phone of the incident at the scene if you can. Since a slip or fall happens so quickly, recording this information may help you recall it at a later date.
Document as much as you can, including:
- Date and time
- What happened?
- Your summary of the fall
- Information from any witnesses
- Any information from at-fault parties
Recording Your Injuries After the Fall
A slip or fall can have many consequences on your physical and mental well-being. The impacts made on your life may seem irreparable.
While frustrating, it is important to keep track of these, including:
- Photos or videos of how your injury develops after the incident
- Medical records/bills
- Documentation if any time at work was missed
- Documentation of any mental effects from your injury
The list of injuries that can happen after a slip and fall is extensive, and includes:
- Traumatic Brain Injury
- Neck injury
- Neck pain
- Broken and fractured bones
- Back injury
- Back pain
If you were injured in a slip and fall accident, our Los Angeles slip and fall lawyers are ready to help you today. The LA attorneys at C&B Law Group are committed to your utmost satisfaction.
We have a fantastic track record of settling 99% of our injury cases. Your consultation is free, and you don’t pay a dime to us until we win.
Slips and falls are taxing on the injured party, and medical bills can build up quickly. You may have to miss work or time with your family, which can additionally cause emotional distress.
We will work with you to hold the negligent party responsible for your injuries. We can recover compensation such as:
- Present or future medical bills
- Loss of wages
- Pain and Suffering
It’s never easy recovering from a slip or fall. Let our Los Angeles lawyers help.
We service multiple areas across Southern California, and have offices in Downtown Los Angeles and Burbank.
We can represent you in your slip and fall accident claim. Contact us now!