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What to do when you are injured on a commercial property

On Behalf of | May 11, 2023 | BUSINESS & COMMERCIAL LAW - Business Torts

Most business owners ensure their properties are safe. However, some don’t, and this can lead to a client being injured. You may slip and fall due to a spill, a broken staircase or poor lighting. Other possible accidents include cuts, burns and electrocution. If you experience any of these, you may be eligible to file a premises liability claim.

However, the steps you take after the accident are crucial. Here is what to do.

Report the injury

If you are involved in an accident on a business property, you should confirm you are safe first. If you can move, find any senior and report the injury. The company will record your case. 

This will come in handy when you file a claim because if you don’t report, the business owner can state they were unaware of the case until you took legal action. And this can work to their advantage.

Gather evidence

Evidence is crucial in premises liability claims. You need to prove you were injured and the business was at fault. Thus, you should:

  • Take pictures of your injury and the accident scene 
  • Take the contact information of witnesses. 

It will be best to do this before leaving the scene, which means before going to report, if possible. This allows you to take pictures immediately, as things can change. Further, it allows you to get the contact details of witnesses who may not be around when you return.

Get medical attention

If you are seriously injured, you should call 911 or ask the people around to do so. You can request a witness to help you gather evidence. Since you will have exchanged contact information, they will share it with you. 

Being injured on a business property can be challenging. But the above-discussed steps can help you. You should also get legal guidance to receive just compensation.