• Sep
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    Posted by: Jarve Kaplan Granato Starr

    How to Document Defective Conditions After a Premises Accident

    If you’ve been hurt on somebody else’s property and it was a result of their negligence, you may be eligible for compensation for the damages that you’ve suffered. But in order to prove that the fault for your injury lies with the property owner or manager, you need to prove that they had a duty of care for the property and that they failed to uphold their responsibility. Documenting the conditions and the injury that you suffered will go a long way to help you prove your case. Here is what you can do to help prove a premises accident case.

    • Take photographs of the defective condition that led to your injury. If you fell on a wet floor or tripped on a cracked sidewalk, take a photo. It is important that you do this as soon after your accident as you can, as once a property owner is aware that an injury has occurred, they may try to quickly fix it to cover up their negligence.
    • Get proof of who is responsible for the property. This may include a copy of the lease agreement or deed in order to show that you are filing a claim against the correct entity or individual.
    • File an accident report. This may mean calling the police or informing the business owner of what happened. Do it in writing and note details such as when the incident occurred, who you spoke with, who else witnessed the incident, and more.
    • Keep copies of all of your medical records and expenses, as these will demonstrate the damages that you suffered.
    • Your own pay stubs and tax returns will be valuable for indicating the value of any time that you’ve lost at work as a result of your injuries.
    • Witness contact information and statements. If your accident was witnessed, make sure that you get the names and contact information of anybody that saw it happen, as they will be able to provide invaluable testimony about the conditions that were present at the time of your injury and how the incident occurred.

    Gathering this information as soon as possible after your accident occurs will ensure that the information is fresh in your memory and in the memories of those who can help to prove your case. For more information on the compensation that you may be eligible for, contact our office today to set up a time for a conversation.

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