Slip or trip and fall accidents can happen unexpectedly and result in serious injuries, which is why it's crucial to know what to do if you find yourself in this situation. If you have been injured in a slip or trip and fall accident in New York State, it's important to note that you must be able to identify the defect or hazard that caused your fall to prevail in a personal injury case. Therefore, memorializing the defect with photos and videos can be key to proving your case.
As a personal injury attorney at Rappaport, Glass, Levine & Zullo, LLP, I have seen many cases where slip or trip and fall accidents were caused by hazardous conditions or defects, such as uneven surfaces, slippery floors, hidden hazards, inadequate handrails or guardrails, poor maintenance or inadequate repairs, or insufficient warning signs. If you have been injured due to any of these or other types of dangerous conditions, taking the following immediate steps can help protect your health and legal rights:
- Seek medical attention: Your health should be your top priority. Seek medical attention immediately, even if you don't think your injuries are severe. Some injuries, such as internal bleeding may not be immediately apparent, and a medical professional can assess your condition and treat any injuries you may have sustained.
- Report the incident: Report the incident to the property owner or manager as soon as possible. This will help establish a record of the incident and can provide evidence of the property owner's knowledge of the hazard or defect. Make sure to take note of the date, time, and location of the incident, as well as the names of any witnesses who saw what happened.
- Document the scene: Take photos or videos of the area where the accident occurred, including any hazards or defects that caused your fall. This will help provide evidence of the defect or hazard that caused your fall and can be essential in proving your case in court.
- Do not sign anything: If an insurance adjuster or property owner asks you to sign anything, do not sign without first consulting with an attorney. Signing anything could jeopardize your legal rights and prevent you from receiving the compensation you deserve.
At Rappaport, Glass, Levine & Zullo, LLP, we understand the complexities of New York State's personal injury laws and know how to help you prove your case. We can gather evidence, identify witnesses, and build a strong case on your behalf. We will fight for your rights and help you get the compensation you deserve.
If you have been injured in a slip or trip and fall accident, don't wait to seek legal help. Contact us at Rappaport, Glass, Levine & Zullo, LLP today to schedule a free consultation. Let us help you get the justice and compensation you deserve.