Just about every store, restaurant or other business takes many steps to ensure their customers’ safety. Accidents can still happen, however, since there is no way for them to be 100% secure. There are times when small things can be neglected which can cause you an injury on their premises.
There could be a water spill that nobody notices, a broken piece of floor tile or a faulty light that causes an injury. If you are unlucky enough to be the person, you can risk serious injury and be awarded compensation.
What do you do if you are hurt on the grounds of a business? In this article, we will go over the full procedure before you go and call a personal injury law firm like Lawler Brown Law Firm.
Be Careful With Your Injury
If you have fallen or had some other kind of injury then you may have a broken bone or worse. Don’t try to move around as this could actually make your injury worse. Even if you only feel a bit of discomfort and not much pain, you may have an injury but are not aware of the extent of it.
Stay still and try to get somebody’s attention to the fact that you’ve been hurt. It could be a fellow customer or an employee, but somebody should be alerted before you try to move.
You may also be in a situation where your position is precarious and moving may actually cause a serious injury. Maybe something has fallen on you and pinned you down or you could risk a burn if you are near a fire.
Talk to Witnesses
Hopefully somebody around you saw the accident take place. Ask around for what others witnessed and try to get their contact information. They may be called to present their testimony for a judge.
If the accident was serious enough that a police officer needed to come to the premises, see if they can talk to the officer so there can be an official report with their name.
The reason it is so important is that they are an unbiased third party in the eyes of the court. They have no reason to lie as either you or the business could try to for personal benefit. Therefore, their testimony that corroborates your story is very valuable.
Go to the Doctor
As soon as you are able to move about without concern for getting more injured, get to the doctor. If an ambulance was called for you at the business, then you should take it to be checked out.
Adrenaline from the accident could be preventing you from feeling injured so you never know what the case may be. If you refuse to be checked out, or don’t go right to a doctor, then you may lose any potential case you could have had against the business.
There is always the possibility that your injury gets worse so you also want to be treated as soon as possible from a health perspective.