A trip, slip and fall can happen to anyone, and when you least expect it. And while most result in nothing more than minor bruises, some can result in life-altering injuries like broken hips, spine and brain injuries.
If you trip, slip and fall while on someone else’s premises, you may hold the property owner accountable through a premises liability lawsuit. To successfully litigate this type of personal injury claim, however, you need to know what to do and the missteps to avoid.
Here are two steps you need to take as soon as possible if you intend to file a claim:
1. Seek treatment
Seeing the doctor immediately after your accident should be your top priority. Even if you do not feel pain, you need to see a doctor so any hidden injuries like brain trauma can be diagnosed and treated before things get out of control. Besides diagnosing and treating any injuries you might have sustained, seeking treatment also ensures that you get a medical report that ties your injuries to the event.
2. Put your evidence together
When all is said and done, a premises liability claim is a legal matter. As such, you need evidence to successfully litigate your case. Besides your medical report, some of the evidence you need to gather for your premises liability claim include the presence of hazardous conditions like a wet, slippery floor, loose cables, torn carpets or faulty guard rails. If you can, take as many photos of the area as possible. And if anyone witnessed the incident, be sure to take their contacts as well.
A trip, slip and fall accident can turn your life upside down. Understanding how Texas negligence laws work can help you assert your rights and receive the financial restitution you deserve.