Slip and fall injury cases can be confusing and complicated to handle on your own. Let Ventura slip and fall attorney Craig Murphy handle everything for you so you can focus on your recovery.
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If you’ve been involved in a slip and fall in California, you need to know what it is that caused you to slip, fall and be injured. Was it a liquid or slippery substance that was on the floor? Where did it come from? How long had it been there? These are all very important questions and information that you need to know.
If you fell and were injured, you need to find out what it was you fell on, where it came from, and how long had it been there. You might need to ask people and talk to witnesses.
The other thing that you need to do that is critically important is fill out an incident report. You need to be able to establish that not only were you there, but that you fell and that you were injured. That property – that store or that business–need to conduct an investigation and figure out what it was, where it came from, how long it had been there. If you don’t fill out an incident report, they will say, “How do we know you were here? We don’t know what happened.” You will not have the evidence that’s required for you to meet your burden of proof, and you may not be able to receive any type of compensation. You’ve got to let that business owner know that you fell and were injured, and that they are on notice of that.
The other thing that you need to do is get appropriate medical care and attention. Don’t wait around thinking your pain is probably going to get better. You need to go either to the ER or to a quick care or to your regular family physician and get checked out, and get the appropriate treatment. You need to tell all of your doctors about every injury, all of the pain, and all of the complaints that you have from head to toe because you may have something that is really bothering you and another area that’s not bothering you as bad, and you only tell them about the major thing. Perhaps that pain clears up and the thing that was not as major lasts for the rest of your life. If you don’t document that from the beginning, the insurance company may not take it into consideration. Make sure that you fully inform your healthcare providers of all of your injuries.