While some of the trips and spills that California residents take may be attributable to their own clumsiness, it is no uncommon for individuals to suffer falls as a result of the negligence of other people. Particularly, when individuals fail to maintain their properties in safe and orderly manners may victims suffer injuries as a result of preventable falls. This post will briefly discuss what victims of slip and fall accidents may choose to do after suffering harm, but as with all posts on this blog readers are encouraged to seek independent legal advice.
A victim of a slip and fall accident should strongly consider seeking medical attention after their accident. In some cases a victim's injuries may be minor, but in others a seemingly mild fall may yield serious and latent injuries. Seeking medical attention also documents a victim's harm and creates records about their condition.
Next, a victim may wish to record any information that they can about the conditions present where they suffered their accident. If a victim fell indoors, they may wish to document the condition of the flooring, the adequacy of the lighting, and other factors that may have contributed to their harm. If they fell outdoors, the victim may wish to look for uneven ground and other dangers on the property of the responsible party.
Victims of all forms of personal injury accidents should consider speaking with attorneys who represent victims of these types of accidents. An attorney who works with slip and fall victims can assist them as they sort out the details of premises liability claims and provide them with support as they choose how best to protect their legal rights.