What Should I Do After A Premises Liability Accident?
If you have been hurt in a premises liability accident, you will likely have many questions about what your next steps should be. One of the first things you should do is to contact a lawyer about what happened as soon as possible. While our attorneys at Goldstein & Goldstein, LLP, in East Orange are well-versed in premises liability cases, there are several other things you can do on your own that can be beneficial to your case, and to you personally, in the long run.
Seek medical attention — In general, the sooner you can be evaluated by a doctor, the better chance you will have at treating your injury and recovering. If your case is successful, you can receive compensation for your medical bills.
Take pictures — Having physical evidence of what led to your accident is important. Torn carpeting, icy parking lots, broken handrails and other physical hazards might be fixed or gone entirely if you visit the site later. You should also photograph your injuries such as cuts, bruises or other wounds you suffer.
Interview witnesses — If someone saw your accident happen, talk to him or her. At least get his or her name and contact information so that your lawyer can speak to him or her at a later time. He or she might also know if the premises liability issue had existed for some time already, and if the responsible parties such as the building owners knew about the problem. Someone might have been hurt in the same fashion earlier.
Don’t give a statement — You might be pressured to sign documents or go on the record about what happened. Do not do this without speaking to your attorney first.