Posted in Blog on November 1, 2015
A slip and fall is most commonly associated with snow or ice on a walkway, but in reality, these types of accidents can happen to anyone at any time. It’s often not the victim’s fault; slip and falls are commonly caused by the negligence of someone else. For example, if you fall and injure yourself on porch stairs that are failing apart, the property owner is liable because he or she didn’t maintain the stairs properly.
Slipping and falling can result in serious injuries, from back and neck issues to broken bones and even permanent damage. If you’ve been the victim of a slip and fall accident in Colorado, you might be able to receive compensation for the losses caused by your accident and your pain, suffering and/or inconvenience. It is critical that you take the right steps after your accident; otherwise, you might not receive what you deserve. Check out the following outline of what to do after a slip and fall to cover all your bases.
If even you feel the injury is minor, seek medical help right away. A minor injury can become serious later on, and delaying treatment could cause complications or slow down your recovery time. Keep copies of all your medical bills and expenses so you have proof of your losses later.
Report the accident to whoever is responsible for the location where you fell. For example, if you fell in a store, report it to the manager. Report falls on a residential property to the owner, landlord or property manager.
Take photos of the accident scene, making sure to get good pictures of any conditions that contributed to your fall. Do this as soon as possible after your accident because the owner or manager might attempt to repair the defect or condition that lead to your accident.
Ask for the names and contact information of anyone who witnessed your fall. If you’re unable to do this at the time of the accident because you’re hurt, ask someone else to do it for you.
Bag up the clothes and shoes you were wearing when you fell, and don’t clean or alter any of them. You should also bag any evidence at the scene that was involved in your fall. Evidence from the accident could be relevant later on in your case, so it’s important to preserve it as it was when you fell.
Colorado’s slip and fall laws can be complex, so it’s best to have experienced legal help at your side throughout your case. With the help of an attorney, you can make sure your rights remain intact and that you receive what you are entitled to under the law.
If you’ve been hurt in a slip and fall, you don’t have to suffer in silence. Contact Zaner Harden Law today by calling 303-563-5354 and we’ll get you started on the road to recovery. Learn more at: www.zanerhardenlaw.com.