Sad truth: Everyone will trip (or slip) and fall at some point during their lifetime. While most slip-and-fall accidents result in nothing more than dirt on the victim’s outfit and a little embarrassment, there are times when these accidents can lead to life-altering injuries. If the circumstances that led to your trip, slip and fall accident weren’t your fault, it is important that you know the steps to take.
Here are three important steps that you need to take as soon as you are involved in a slip-and-fall accident that is attributable to someone else’s negligence.
Visit the emergency room
Your health and well-being should remain your top priority at all times. A slip-and-fall accident can lead to a variety of injuries. While some like broken bones may be easily detectable, others like internal injuries, concussions and internal bleeding may require specialized facilities to diagnose and treat. As such, it is important that you seek treatment as soon as possible even if you do not feel hurt.
Notify the property owner or manager about the accident
There are two important reasons why you need to notify the property owner or manager about the slip-and-fall incident. Firstly, it ensures that the accident is captured on the incident report for immediate remedy. And, secondly, it links your damages to the property. And this is important for litigating your claim. Be sure to obtain a copy of the accident report.
File a premises liability claim
To receive compensation for your injuries and other damages, you need to file a premises liability claim against the property owner. And you do not have the luxury of filing this claim at your convenience. Under Mississippi law, you have up to three years from the date of the slip-and-fall accident to sue the property owner for any damages resulting from the slip-and-fall accident. Failing to observe this timeline can lead to the denial of your claim.
If you are hurt in a slip-and-fall accident that is attributable to someone else’s negligence, you deserve justice. Find out how you can safeguard your rights and interests while pursuing a premises liability claim in Mississippi.