If you slip and fall, no matter where you are, there are a few things you should do in order to enable you to mount a case against the property owner, should you choose to. Often, if you've just fallen it may not seem as though your injury is terribly severe - only to find out days or weeks later that you will require thousands of dollars in medical care, physical therapy or surgery.
In these cases, you will likely want to move forward with a claim against the party who is liable for the accident, whether they failed to shovel the sidewalk in front of their home or immediately mop up food or liquid that had spilled on the floor. Both owners of private residences and businesses can be held liable in these situations.
Therefore, after a slip and fall, if you suspect in the slightest that you could be seriously injured, be sure you do the following immediately:
- Get the contact information of those who could serve as potential witnesses: other customers, friends or passers-by.
- If you fall in a business, approach the manager and ensure that the incident is reported in the injury records.
- See your doctor as soon as possible to evaluate your injury. Get a written statement on the severity of your condition.
- Take notes or preferably photograph the condition of the floor where you fell or other potential causes of the accident.
Finally, you should consult a New Hampshire personal injury attorney immediately after taking these steps. Only a professional lawyer can evaluate your case and advise you on how to move forward.