If you slip and fall at a business or someone’s property, your first priority should be to obtain prompt medical care for your injuries. A second important step is to take pictures with your smartphone immediately after your fall.
Types of Pictures That Should Be Taken in a Slip and Fall Case
When you file a claim after a slip and fall accident, you have the burden of proving the negligence of the property or business owner, and the seriousness of your injuries. Photos can be powerful evidence of both. If you are too injured, ask a friend or bystander to take them for you with your cell phone. Here are the types of pictures you should take.
- Accident scene. It is vital to take pictures of the accident scene right after your fall before the scene is altered or the dangerous condition removed. Be sure to take pictures from a variety of angles, from close up, and from a distance. For example, a close-up photo of the flooring may show the defect in the flooring, spill, or other hazardous condition in more detail than if taken from far away. Be certain to also take pictures from a distance that can show that no warning signs of the hazard were posted.
- Your injuries. Take pictures of any apparent injuries, such as cuts, bruises, and bleeding. You want close-up photos of your injuries. It is important to also take pictures of your injuries during your treatment. Photos will paint a vivid picture of your injuries and how they impacted your life.
- Your clothing. The business or property owner may try to claim that your clothing, such as worn shoes, a loose shoelace, or a dress, may have caused you to fall. Take pictures of them at the scene and save your shoes and clothing as evidence to avoid these disputes with the insurance company.
- Accident report. You should notify the owner or manager of your slip and fall accident immediately and file an accident report. If they do not provide you with a copy of it, take a picture of the accident report.
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