What should I do if I am injured while visiting a business or other public place?

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While visiting a business or a public place, you may sustain serious injuries as a result of negligence. Unfortunately, accidents can happen anywhere and at any time. If you have been injured due to the negligent actions of a business or property owner, you are legally entitled to file a claim to seek compensation for your damages. If you have sustained an injury while visiting a business or a public place, contact one of our qualified Essex County Slip and Fall Accident Attorneys who can help you seek reasonable compensation for your damages. In addition, please continue reading to learn about the steps you should take after any injury to maximize your chances of recovering compensation for your damages. 

What steps should I take after an injury in a business or public place?

  1. Seek immediate medical attention. If you sustain an injury while visiting a business or public place, it is imperative to call 911. Your wounds, even if they seem minor, must be examined and treated by a healthcare professional. Unfortunately, some injuries may have delayed effects or are not visible, which can cause them to go undetected. If these types of injuries are left untreated, they could turn life-threatening. It is also important to keep track of all of your pertinent medical records as they can prove the extent and severity of your injuries.
  2. Notify the business or property owner. When you sustain an injury while visiting a business or public place it can be an overwhelming experience. Oftentimes, victims neglect to notify the manager or property owner of the incident. However, you must notify the appropriate parties to ensure the necessary steps are taken to remedy the hazardous conditions on the premises that caused your injuries. This step will prevent any further accidents. In addition to alerting the appropriate parties, you should file a police report. Filing a police report will record the accident.
  3. Gather valuable information from the scene. If possible, it is important to capture pictures or videos of the scene of the accident. If there were any visible unsafe conditions on the premises, they should be captured. For instance, if you visit a business and they fail to display the proper warning sign to make patrons aware of a dangerous area, you should capture it. If you decide to take legal action against a negligent property owner, this step will help you prove the property owner failed to maintain safe premises for patrons. In addition, it is important to gather the contact information of anyone who witnessed the events of the accident unfold. Witness statements are critical as witnesses recount pertinent details about the accident that corroborate your claim.
  4. Retain the legal services of a seasoned Essex County slip and fall accident attorney. After you’ve received appropriate medical attention, you may wonder if you are eligible for compensation for your damages. Our determined attorneys can help you investigate the circumstances of the accident as well as help you understand your legal options.

In the unfortunate event that you have been injured while visiting a business or public place, reach out to one of our experienced attorneys. Our firm is committed to helping our clients get the justice they deserve.