Regardless of how careful you are, you could still get injured at places where you least expect it. And once you get injured, you could end up with serious and potentially life-threatening injuries.
Whether your injury resulted as a slip and fall on a slippery surface, or as a result of poorly maintained property, you may be able to seek compensation for your injuries.
Here are 6 things that you should do right after getting injured on someone else’s property.
Contact Your Attorney
Always start by getting legal help and guidance. If you do not know what to do or who to call, you can always schedule a free consultation with one of our Philadelphia premises liability attorneys. There are many reasons why you should consult with an attorney:
- You learn more about your case and your legal rights
- You get someone to protect and enforce your rights
- You will receive all the information you require to further pursue your claim
Be sure to always let an attorney evaluate your case and let you know what to do next.
Contact The Insurance Company
After getting injured, it may be wise to let your insurance company know. At the end of the day, they could end up being the one compensating you for your injuries (rarely, but it still happens). However, your goal is to obtain compensation from the at-fault party’s (property owner) insurance company.
Before you go to the hospital, if you are able to, consider taking a few photos of the scene of the accident. If you slipped on a slippery floor, take out your phone and record the floor and the surrounding area. Perhaps the ceiling was leaking water after a rain, or the store/property owner forgot to put a yellow “Wet Floor” sign. If the parking lot was where you got injured, perhaps the property owner forgot or did not clean the ice and snow. Be sure to collect as much evidence as you can before heading to the hospital.
Reporting The Accident To The Property Owner
Some store owners or manages may try to clean the scene of the accident right after you leave. After taking a few photos (just to be sure), contact the store manager or owner, and report to them that you got injured and that you will (if eligible) file a premises liability claim. Chose your words carefully, be respectful and try not to get angry or emotional.
Call The Police
Report your injuries even if they are not that severe. Once the police arrive, they will document what happened and take your statement. Perhaps the officer may identify health and safety code violations or other hazards that contributed to your accident. Your attorney will later be able to use the police report as valid evidence for your case. If you do not have an attorney, reach out to one of our available premises liability attorneys in Philadelphia and schedule your free initial consultation.
Visit The Hospital
Right after the accident, you should go to the hospital. The doctor will treat your injuries and document them, leaving you with evidence which your attorney can use to prove that your injuries came from that particular accident. This will establish the link between your injuries and the accident, and give your case a strong foundation.