As humans, walking always comes with a potential slip and fall.
Annually, more than 1 million people visit emergency rooms due to a fall, according to the National Floor Safety Institute. If the incident happens while shopping due to negligence, you have rights as a victim. The tips below may help you recover damages both physically and mentally.
1. Report and document the incidence
After a fall, report the incident to the manager or property owner. In most cases, the business will have an accident report to fill out. If coherent, take note of the situation and document all the details, including what led to the incident, what the area looked like and note any witnesses.
2. Seek medical attention
Even if you feel fine, always get medical assistance, especially if you hit your head. The shock of the experience may keep symptoms from showing up immediately. By going to the doctor, you also get valid documentation of the injuries the incident caused.
3. Consult an attorney
While Texas has premise liability laws that let you take legal action, a lawsuit comes with various challenges. Business and property owners have a legal obligation to maintain safe premises. If you sue, you have to prove negligence, which means proving the potentially liable party had knowledge of the hazard and failed to fix the issue.
Whether caused by an uneven floor, poor lighting in the parking lot or a spill left unattended, a number of risk factors can come up while shopping. Maintaining awareness may help keep an incident from happening.