Long Island business owners have a duty to provide a safe place for customers to shop. Still, in busy stores, shop owners may neglect puddles, upturned rugs or damaged floors. If you encounter one of these hazards, you may sustain a serious injury after slipping, tripping or falling.
Recovering from a slip-and-fall injury can be both time-consuming and expensive. Fortunately, you may be able to pursue compensation from the negligent business owner who contributed to your injuries. To do so, you must carefully document the matter. Taking the following steps may help:
1. Check yourself for injuries
Because a fall can be embarrassing, you may brush yourself off and quickly jump to your feet. You should not, however, assume you have not suffered an injury. Rather, you should ask a doctor to examine you. Remember, your body’s stress response may mask injury symptoms, causing them to not appear for hours or even days after your fall.
2. Notify the store’s owner
If you fall in a commercial place, you must notify the owner of the property. While talking to the store’s manager is usually enough, low-level employees may not report the incident. If the shop has an injury reporting form, you should consider completing it. Nevertheless, because you lack the skills to investigate your fall, you should not accept blame or apologize.
3. Take some photographs
Following your fall, you should write down as many details about the incident as you can remember. Provided you do not require immediate medical attention, you should also take some photographs of the scene. This documentation allows you to put your fall into context and keep track of vital details you might otherwise forget over time.
4. Talk to witnesses
Many modern stores have closed-circuit cameras to capture customer activities. You should not rely on the shop’s footage to describe how the fall happened, though. Instead, you should talk to witnesses and ask them to jot down their observations. Then, obtain the names and contact information for anyone who may have seen you slip and fall. Witness accounts and other evidence may boost your odds of receiving the compensation you deserve for your slip-and-fall injury.