It’s hard to know what to do in the moment if you injure yourself in a slip and fall accident. You’re unexpectedly on the ground, in pain, and wondering how you’re literally going to get back on your feet.
Your first concern should of course be protecting your health. Seek medical attention immediately if you feel any pain or suspect you have suffered an injury. This is especially important if you hit your head during the fall, even if you don’t feel any symptoms.
But your second concern should be protecting your potential personal injury claim. After all, if someone else’s negligence caused you to slip and fall, you shouldn’t have to pay for their mistake.
Pictures can go a long way when it comes to protecting your personal injury claim. A quick photo snapped at the scene of your fall may reveal evidence that proves that someone else’s negligence caused your accident. If you have the opportunity, here are some things we would recommend you take pictures of.
Whether you slipped and fell on a flight of stairs or in a grocery aisle, it’s important to take a picture of the scene. Even if you aren’t certain what caused you to fall, taking a picture of where you were last standing could reveal trip hazards later on.
For some slip and fall accidents, a close-up picture can be incredibly valuable. For example, let’s say you fell from the second floor to the ground floor because the guardrail you were leaning against broke. Taking close-up pictures of the broken guardrail to show how worn and warped it was could help prove that someone should have reinforced or replaced it before your fall.
On the other hand, sometimes you need context to really prove your point. If you slip and fall on a puddle of water in a grocery store, taking pictures of the water will only do so much. What’s really valuable is a picture of the puddle of water in the context of the rest of the aisle, with no caution sign in sight. That way, your picture not only proves that there was a hazard, but it also proves that someone neglected to put up a sign to warn customers of the hazard.
One of the first defenses a building, business, or property owner may use if you file a personal injury claim is that your own clothing contributed to your slip and fall. Having pictures of your outfit is incredibly useful in denying that accusation.
Start with the most important: your shoes. Take pictures not just of your tied laces, but also of the soles of your shoes and the size of your heels. Then, move on to the rest of your clothing.
Taking pictures of your outfit can not only damage the property owner’s side of the story, but it can also bolster yours. There may be scuff marks on your shoes or stains on your pant legs that indicate that you fell where and how you say you did.
Last but not least, you should take pictures of your injuries. Pictures of your injuries will help to prove that it was indeed your slip and fall accident, not some other incident, that injured you and caused you to seek medical treatment. Making that connection will make it easier for you to seek compensation for any medical bills or other damages related to your slip and fall.
Help from an Indiana Personal Injury Attorney
Pictures, while helpful, can only do so much to protect your personal injury claim after a slip and fall accident. If you’ve been injured in a slip and fall, an Indiana personal injury attorney can help. Call Hensley Legal Group today or contact us online for a free conversation.