Posted on: 28 September 2020
When you are inside a place of business, you are assuming they have taken all the precautions necessary to keep their customers safe and to prevent injuries. So, if you do get hurt in a business, then you want to make sure you do the right things from the beginning. For one thing, you won't always know how badly you are hurt or even that you are hurt at all for a while. This is partially due to adrenaline which is released during accidents that can mask pain and cause you to feel fine right after the incident only to really hurt later on. Here are some steps you want to make if you are injured in a business:
Steps you should take when injured in a business
If you are injured on a business's property, then you are going to want to make an incident report with the owner or manager immediately. Even if you don't think you are hurt, if you have had an accident then it is important to still get an incident report at the time the incident happened. Also, make sure that you are provided with a copy of the incident report before you leave, if possible. If the manager can't give you the report, your lawyer can subpoena it.
You can use your phone to take pictures of the area where you had the accident. Make sure your pictures include all of the important areas and that the shots are clear. For example, if you slipped on broken flooring and hit your head on a shelf, then the broken flooring, the shelf, and the surrounding area should all be in the photos for your personal injury lawyer to review.
Collect witness names and contact info
You should get the name and number of anyone who was there and saw what happened. You can give this information to your lawyer and they will contact the witnesses when they deem it to be the right time. If possible, you should also try to get their email addresses so there is a second way to reach them should they not be good with answering calls from phone numbers they don't recognize.
Get insurance information
When you are filing out the incident report you should also ask for the insurance company phone number that the business has their insurance policy with. If they tell you the company will contact you or they brush you off in any other way, your lawyer can get this information, you obtaining it is just an easier way to get it, but it's not the only way.
Get medical care
You want to get medical care for your injuries as soon as you can and make sure you follow the advice the doctor gives you with regards to caring for your injuries.
Get a lawyer
You want to contact your lawyer and let them know what happened. If you don't have a lawyer already, then you want to make sure you get one.Share