If you have fallen while on someone else’s property, take a moment to determine if you have been hurt. If your neck, back, or head is sore, it may be in your best interest to stay put and call for help. It is important for your recovery to seek immediate medical attention and to not risk suffering another injury. If, however, you feel capable of collecting evidence, there are a number of steps you can take following a NJ slip-and-fall injury to protect your legal rights and options.
If anyone witnessed your fall, write down his or her name and number. If you have a phone that can take photos, photograph where you fell and any injuries you may have suffered. If there is a hazardous condition such as a wet surface, take photos of that as well. Take notice of your surroundings, are there warning signs, cones, or tape posted around the hazardous condition? This information will prove useful later.
You will also need to file an incident report with the building management. Tell them exactly when and where the fall occurred. Let them know that you are seeking medical attention for your injuries and that you need a copy of the report. It is then important to go to the hospital as soon as possible.
In order to pursue compensation for your medical bills, suffering, and other related damages, you may need to file a claim against the property owner. This can be a complicated process. It may be in your best interest to discuss how to file a claim with an experienced New Jersey slip-and-fall attorney who can help you protect your rights.
The lawyers at the law firm of Lependorf & Silverstein have a proven track record of successfully handling slip-and-fall incidents throughout the state. To discuss your potential premises liability claim at absolutely no cost, call us today at (609) 240-0040.