So the winter weather is finally here, as cold weather and and ice have descended upon the New York City region. If you have been injured after slipping and falling on snow or ice, you need to immediately take certain steps. The CDC reports that more than 800,000 people are hospitalized annually related to a slip and fall injuries. Here are 5 quick tips if you have been injured after slipping on ice or snow in New York City:
1. Report the incident. You should notify the property owner or manager of the accident immediately, if you can. You may also want to contact the police in order to have a police report written up. If you were injured at a business or in a parking lot, you should immediately notify the manager of the business or store adjacent to the parking lot. Notifying the owner not only will assist with your case, but you are also providing the owner with notice so that other people will not be injured at the same location again in the future.
2. Take photos & video. If you can, make sure to take pictures and video of the area on which you fell and were injured. It is important to obtain photographic evidence of what the sidewalk or area looked like at the time you were injured. Try to get the names and contact information of any witnesses who may have seen you fall and can describe the scene. Also obtain the names, titles, addresses and phone numbers of any managers or employees at the area. Try to write down the names of any businesses that are adjacent to the area on which you fell. Snow and ice may be difficult to photograph, so try to get close up photos and photos with objects in the background to show the proper scale or context of the ice or snow.
3. Seek medical treatment immediately. You should seek medical treatment for your injuries immediately. In addition, you should document your injuries by taking photos of any injuries and obtaining any medical records from hospitals or physicians who have treated you. You should also keep all receipts of any expenses you incur as a result, even something as little as buying aspirin at the pharmacy. You should also start a journal of how your injuries have impacted your life and how your recovery is coming along.
4. Do not speak with the insurance company. The insurance company is not your friend! Many times, the insurance company for the owner or property manager might contact you to ask about your injuries and about the incident. They may even offer you a small amount of money for your medical costs. But you may be entitled to much more. Be very careful – they are not your friends and do not have your best interests in mind. To the contrary, insurance companies are only interested in giving you the LEAST amount of compensation possible. And do not sign any papers, like a waiver or release, without speaking to an attorney first.
5. Contact an experienced slip and fall attorney. It is important to contact an attorney with experience handling slip and fall cases. These types of cases can be complicated, and there are a number of laws and regulations that could apply to your case. You need an attorney with experience to guide you through the process and fight for your rights. Call us at 1-866-456-HUNT (4868) or email us at [email protected] and we will be happy to provide you with a free, no obligation consultation over the phone or in person.
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