If you’re walking along in a public or private place and you fall due to a slick spot, drop off, or a hole in the concrete, these some basic steps you should take right away: First, if you’ve been hurt, seek medical attention. That’s the most important. Make sure you’re okay first. If you haven’t been hurt, there are still some things you should do. Next, take photos with your smart phone or even your flip phone. If you don’t have a phone with you, come back later that day and take photos or ask someone with or near you to take photos. You need to do this right away, in case the problem is fixed, and the evidence of what caused your fall is gone. Email those photos to others, put them in a DropBox folder, or ensure they are co-located in a few places beyond your PC or phone so they aren’t destroyed in the event of fire or some natural disaster.
If you carry a measuring tape, take measurements of the drop-off or hole in the concrete. If you don’t carry a measuring tape, use something in your pocket or purse to gauge the size, whether it’s a pack of cigarettes, a tube or lipstick or something that you can use to measure against when you have access to a ruler or measuring tape. If it helps, put the gauge in the hole so you can get an idea of its size compared to the item you’re using. If you are injured and need to see a doctor, tell your medical provider where you fell so it gets noted in the medical record. If you have to take legal action, this will help solidify your case. Be sure to notify your city, or the private property owner, right away about this hazard. Let them know you fell, and the extent of your injury. If you weren’t injured, be sure to tell them this as well. Even if you weren’t hurt, you should still do this. After all, as a good citizen, you want to make sure no one else is seriously injured by this hazard, so send a letter or make a phone call.
If you are seriously injured, see a personal injury attorney. Your medical care will be expensive and extensive, and there’s no reason you should bear that financial burden yourself. But understand that if your injuries are minor, and your medical costs are small, like $4,000, an attorney is unlikely to help you because he or she would have to spend more money trying the case than you would win for medical damages.
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