Business owners have an obligation to keep their property safe for their patrons. This means fixing and preventing hazardous conditions that could lead to an injury.
After a slip-and-fall accident, you may be able to seek compensation to help you recover. Make sure you should avoid these mistakes that could jeopardize your health and your claim.
Neglecting to see a doctor
After a fall, you should seek medical attention as soon as possible. Any delay in treatment could lead to more serious problems. Additionally, you will need medical records that provide evidence of your injury if you want to file a premises liability case.
You should follow your doctor’s advice regarding your injury. If you fail to do so, the negligent party in your lawsuit could argue you are not as hurt as you claim.
Failing to document the scene
Evidence is critical to proving that a business owner acted negligently. After a slip-and-fall, make sure to document the scene, taking both pictures of the premises and the cause of the accident. You may also want to collect statements from any witnesses.
Waiting too long to file a claim
You have a limited window in which to file a premises liability suit. In New York, the statute of limitations on such cases is typically three years from the date of the incident that caused the injury.
In some cases, the time frame may be shorter. It is essential to act quickly to help ensure you receive the compensation you need.