As a renter spending your hard-earned cash for a place to live, you reasonably expect safe conditions when you enter and exit your rented building. Based on Kentucky’s premises liability, landlords are required to resolve safety issues in public areas not exclusively used by the tenant such as shared common areas. Follow these tips to best help your slip and fall accident claim should your case go to court.
Seek Medical Attention.
If you believe you have sustained serious injuries or a concussion, call 911 or ask someone else present at the scene to call. Even if you don’t believe you have injuries it is a good idea to visit a doctor since some injuries do not become noticeable for a few days. Medical records bolster your case and make it easier to get full compensation.
Report the Fall.
Call your landlord, property manager, owner, or other authority involved and let them know what happened.
Take pictures and/or videos of the conditions that led to your accident. The scene or weather conditions may change quickly so it is important to gather evidence as soon as possible. Take copious notes to help you remember exactly what happened. These notes along with photographic or video evidence can help you explain the situation in court later on.
Was there anyone else at the scene who could help describe the incident and the conditions at that time? Speak with this person and ask for their name and contact information in case their testimony is needed.
Don’t Speak to Insurance.
Always consult with an attorney who deals with slip and fall accidents first before speaking with an insurance adjuster. Insurance agents don’t necessarily have your best interest in mind and are looking for ways to save the company money.
Contact a Slip and Fall Attorney.
Familiarize yourself with these steps to prepare yourself in the event of a slip and fall accident. Kevin Crooks has been practicing law for over 25 years and has plenty of experience dealing with this practice area. Remember, you have a right to a safe home.