How to Document Your Slip & Fall Case
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If you have been injured in a slip and fall on public or private property, you need to be smart about protecting your legal rights. Your injuries could affect your life for years to come; and, if a slippery floor, icy sidewalk, or other dangerous condition is to blame, you may be entitled to a financial recovery. To make sure that you can maximize your claim for compensation, there are several steps you will want to take right away.
First and foremost, you should seek medical attention as soon as possible. You will also want to promptly speak with a local personal injury attorney who can guide you through the process of protecting your claim to maximum compensation. Third – and this starts at the scene of the accident – you need to begin documenting your slip-and-fall case.
Five Key Ways to Document Your Slip & Fall Claim
In order to document your slip-and-fall case, you should:
- Take photos at the scene of the accident. If you are physically able to do so, you should take lots of photos at the scene of the accident. If you are with a friend or family member, you can ask him or her to take photos as well. Try to capture the issue that caused your fall (such as a spill or patch of black ice) as well as the general surroundings.
- Write down where you fell and what happened. As soon as possible, you should also write down everything you remember. Listening to other people’s versions of the events can cloud your memory, and you want to make sure that you have a clear record of the incident from your perspective.
- Collect witnesses’ contact information. If anyone saw or heard you fall, ask them to write down their names and contact information so that your attorney can contact them later on. Testimony from these witnesses could be critical evidence in your claim for compensation.
- Keep a record of how your injuries impact your life. Did you miss work one day (or multiple days) because you were in pain? Did you find it so difficult to walk or bend over that you had to hire a nanny? Try to get in the habit of recording of all of the ways that your injuries impact your life. You could use a journal, a calendar on your refrigerator, or even a memo in your phone.
- Collect medical records and receipts. Finally, you also will want to get in the habit of asking for receipts. Any injury-related expenses should be included in your claim for compensation, and keeping receipts is one of the easiest ways to make sure you don’t overlook any reimbursements. X-ray scans, prescription slips, hospital invoices, and statements of benefits are all examples of other records that you will want to try to collect, as well.
Keep in mind, this list is not exhaustive. If you contact our firm, we can help you take all of the steps necessary to protect your legal rights. For a free consultation with an experienced personal injury attorney in Teaneck, NJ, contact us today.
Speak with an Experienced Attorney about Your Slip & Fall Case
Have you been injured in a slip-and-fall accident in the Teaneck, NJ area? If so, contact Law Offices of Jeffrey S. Hasson, P.C. for a free, no-obligation consultation. To speak with one of our experienced attorneys about your rights, call (201) 254-8484 or send us a message online now.