Unfortunately, most people will have a slip and fall accident at some point in their lives. Worse, the fall will likely not be their fault. Slip and falls can happen to anyone, anywhere, at any time. It is important to know the steps to take following a slip and fall accident. Legally, owners can be held responsible if buildings, parking lots, and walkways are not kept in a safe manner and an injury occurs. This is known as premises liability. In 2017, employers in every industry faced more stringent rules and regulations when it comes to preventing slip and fall accidents.
It is important to act immediately to protect your rights if you have been injured in a Rhode Island slip and fall accident. Some steps you should take are:
Get Medical Treatment Right Away
It is important to treat your injuries with a doctor who will document the fact that you were injured in a slip and fall accident. This serves as evidence for your claim. If you do not seek treatment, the opposing side might argue that you were not actually hurt in the incident.
Report Your Slip and Fall
If you fell in a parking lot of a business, or in the business itself, make sure the employees and the manager of the business knows about your injury. If rescue or police arrive, make sure to get a copy of the report. Any witnesses of the accident could be pivotal in getting compensation that you deserve.
Take Photos of Your Injuries and The Site of The Fall
Taking photos is important for your case. Photos that indicate the cause of your accident are useful. Make sure to include photos of the hazard and the surrounding area. It is also important to take photos of your injuries to prove that you were indeed injured in the slip and fall accident.
Meet With an Attorney
At Dana and Dana we have attorneys who are experienced in slip and fall cases in Rhode Island and Massachusetts. Over the years, Dana and Dana have had remarkable results on slip and fall cases. Our attorneys have settled countless cases for our clients, helping them get back on their feet.
If you or a loved one has been the victim of a slip and fall accident at work or elsewhere, contact us today to find out how we can help.