When you get hurt on another person’s property, there is the chance that their negligence caused your injury. If this is the case, you may be able to pursue legal action. Especially as an older adult with more physical incapacities and longer recovery times, you will want to find rightful compensation. Here is what to do if you injure yourself on someone else’s property.
Seek Medical Attention
The first thing you need to do when injured is to seek medical attention. Regardless of the severity of the injury, you should get assessed by a medical professional so they can tend to the presenting issues. By having a doctor or nurse check you out, you are helping your potential case. The doctor’s analysis, diagnosis, and treatment are all necessary parts of establishing the presence of an injury. Be sure to keep a record of your medical bills as well, as this will come in handy later when negotiating a settlement.
Document the Incident
Another important part of building your claim is documenting the incident in question. Take as many photos as you can of the property, the hazard, and your resulting injury. By having pictures on hand, you can easily describe the situation and what resulted from the negligence of the property owner or manager. If you cannot take the photos yourself, ask a family member or trusted individual to do it for you. When documenting the incident, look for the other types of evidence you need in a premises liability case. Also, do not forget to write down your personal account of the incident, including as many details as you can remember.
Consult a Lawyer
After organizing your records and accounts, contact a legal professional. Many lawyers provide free consultations and are looking to help you as much as possible. When you are preparing to talk with a lawyer, have all the details in front of you and be ready to discuss them. Also, make sure you send any relevant files, such as any photos, to the lawyer. This will help you communicate clearly about the incident. As the conversation is ending, ask them about the next steps so you understand what is expected of you going forward.
Knowing what to do if you injure yourself on someone else’s property can help you find rightful compensation and keep others from being hurt in the same way. Start collecting your records and consider reaching out to a legal professional today.