When you are injured on someone else’s property, the steps you take in the aftermath – both immediate and long-term – can play a role in the compensation you receive. Knowing what to do after a premises liability accident can help you avoid common mistakes while working towards full and fair compensation.
Steps to Take When Injured on Someone Else’s Property
When you sustain a serious injury on someone else’s property due to poor maintenance, negligent security, or any other premises liability issue, it is important that you have both personal and official documentation. This includes:
- A Police Report. File a report as soon as possible after your accident. You will want to obtain a copy of this report and make sure the property owner gets one as well.
- Digital Photos. Take pictures of the area your accident occurred. Be sure to include anything your think contributed to your accident
- Talk to Witnesses. Get the name and contact information of anyone who witnessed the accident
If your injury is so severe that you cannot take pictures or call the police, your lawyer can investigate your accident to establish the cause. Any information you can provide will, however, prove useful.
If your injury demands the presence of EMTs, be sure to cooperate and, even if released from the scene of the accident, go see your personal physician quickly. There are some injures, such as TBI, that can take several weeks to show symptoms. Early diagnosis is essential in these cases to prevent permanent damage and loss of ability.
Talk to a Lawyer
Most importantly, if you are injured on someone else’s property, talk to an attorney to get a better understanding of your options and your rights. It is never a good idea to accept an insurance offer for a serious injury until you have first spoken to an attorney who can help you understand what your case is really worth.
Do you need help? Call the Maurer Law Firm today at 845-896-5295 to schedule a free case review and learn more. Located in Fishkill, we serve victims of serious injury in Poughkeepsie and all surrounding Hudson Valley communities.