What To Do After a Slip and Fall
If you trip or slip and fall in a retail establishment, there are steps you can take to help with a future claim if you are injured:
- Immediately report the incident to staff so they can document the fall.
- If possible, take photos of the spot where the fall occurred and get the names and phone numbers of any witness to your fall.
- Keep the footwear you were wearing. Seal the clothes you were wearing in a plastic bag if they have the residue of the liquid you slipped in.
- Seek medical attention as soon as you can, most importantly for your own health, but also to help document any injuries you may have suffered in the fall.
When a Property Occupier is Liable for a Slip and Fall
Injuries on public property or business premises commonly result from a person tripping on or slipping in some hazardous condition of the property. The property owner or occupier is responsible for a slip or trip and fall accident if property owner either created the hazardous condition, or knew or should have known about it, and then did not take proper steps to either warn the visitor about the hazard or make the premises safe.
What is Comparative Negligence?
Comparative negligence is the failure of the injured person to exercise reasonable care that contributes to his or her own injury. Comparative negligence is commonly asserted by property owners against claims arising out of slip or trip and falls. In these claims the property owner will frequently argue that the injured party was comparatively negligent because the dangerous property condition was open and obvious and should have been seen by the injured party.
Our lawyers and staff can help you navigate your slip and fall and trip and fall personal injury claim through to a successful conclusion. Please do not hesitate to give us a call at (360) 694-4344.