Do You Know What to Do if You Are Involved in a Slip and Fall Accident in California?
There is nothing funny about slipping and falling. Serious injuries can result from a premises liability accident, including brain injuries, broken bones, and sprains. These types of injuries often have high medical costs and significant lost income. If you or a loved one slips and falls, be sure you know what to do. Remember that calling Law Offices of Fernando D. Vargas at 909-982-0707 is one of the crucial steps.
Look Closely at Where You Were Injured and Collect Information
If you are seriously injured and need immediate medical attention then that should be your top priority. However, if you are able to closely review where you were injured and gather evidence, then we recommend you do so. Was the floor slippery, greasy, or wet? Was it due to weather or something else? Was the carpet loose? Did food spill on the floor? What caused the fault? Was there a sign indicating what had happened to warn you away from danger?
If you have your cellphone or another picture-taking device on you, take photos of the scene. Get the floor, the specific place you fell, and any other mitigation circumstances. Do it as soon after you were injured as possible. If you wait, the owner may fix whatever caused the injury, which could prevent you from winning your case.
Get Information from Witnesses
If anyone saw the fall then it is a good idea to gather contact information from them. Write down what they tell you they saw. The fact of the matter is that in many cases, it may come down to your word against the world of the property owner – unless there is a third-party witness who can give an unbiased account of what happened.
Follow the Procedure as Set Out by the Location You Were Injured
If you were injured on a commercial property then let the in-charge person know that you were injured. For example, if you were injured in a retail store you would let the store manager know. If you were at a restaurant, you would let the restaurant manager know. If you were injured on someone’s private property, inform the owner.
Contact a Personal Injury Attorney
It is important that you talk to a personal injury attorney who can help assess your case. Please do not do so until you have talked to a doctor or other medical professional. The fact is that if you do not have medical evidence of your injuries, it is unlikely you will win a case or claim. You can contact Law Offices of Fernando D. Vargas at 909-982-0707 now for a free legal consultation. We are happy to help you understand all the available options and to help you decide how to best proceed.