It’s not completely possible to stay safe at all times, but when you are on business property, you have every right to feel and stay safe. Whether it is in a factory or a store, you need to be safe, but what happens if you do not feel safe? More particularly, what happens if you have an accident and are injured on business property? It can be difficult to navigate, even confusing. So keep reading to see what you can do about it.
Get medical attention
The first and most evident rule of thumb is to call 911. This is important because you want to get medical help as soon as possible. You should also consult a lawyer and ensure you get the best resolution. If the injury is not too serious, you don’t need to call 911, but you still need to document everything, file a report, and make a appointment with your general practitioner.
Report the accident
So, in terms of accident reporting, it depends. You can report it to the police; some will record it, while others may not (depending on area). You can go to the police department, but you must provide evidence about what happened on the business property. Plus, if you are in the business, they may need to report that too, so let them know.
Gather the evidence
Get help is extremely important, particularly when gathering evidence at the scene. If you sustain an injury at rented or owned property, you should consult an lawyer before making a legal statement. Your lawyer can review your documentation, in addition to your medical records, to ensure your injury is correctly documented and can be proven.
You should also document the accident scene in detail to make it easier for your lawyer to build a case. To prove your injury, you must take photos of the scene and contact witnesses. While doing this, it is also important to ask witnesses if they’ve video footage that may provide additional evidence of your injury.
While gathering evidence and talking to witnesses, you should also get contact information for everybody who was in the area at the time the accident occurred. You can later provide that information to your insurance company by collecting it. When you contact witnesses, you should also ask them to sign a witness statement, which can be used in legal proceedings.
File a lawsuit
Next, you need to find an lawyer to help you through the process. A slip and fall claim lawyer can work with you to get the compensation you need. After filing a lawsuit, you will need to undergo a discovery phase, where you will investigate the other party’s claims and defenses. This process is simpler to navigate with an experienced personal injury lawyer.