What To Do If You’ve Been Injured on Public Property

Posted on December 21, 2017

Injuries on public property are far more common than anyone realizes. From a very common slip and fall accident to a less common dog bite injuries, accidents happen all the time in public places. While you may not always be able to avoid them, you can be aware of what to do after an accident. You may even be able to get compensation for your injury. This article explains the steps you should take after you’ve been injured on public property.

Premises Liability

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In injury cases, the owner is responsible for keeping their property safe and free of hazards. If the property owner fails to repair a hazard or warn visitors of the hazard, they can be held liable for any injury that happens on their property. Now if the visitor is not doing their part to be safe on the property, and is acting with negligence, they may also be responsible for their own injury. Injury cases are very dependant on the situation, and many factors can contribute to who is at fault.

Successful Injury Settlements

If you’ve been injured on public property and wish to seek compensation for damages there are a few steps you need to take in order to have a solid case against the property owner. First things first, you need to see a doctor. Of course your health is the most important thing, but your case will have more weight if you have medical bills to back you up. Obtain all of your medical records every step of the way so you have documentation of all of your injuries and the money you’ve been billed because of your injury.

Once you’ve been okayed by your doctor, begin collecting as much evidence as you can for your case. Get photos of your injuries, the place you were injured, and anything else that is applicable. Get documentation of your injuries, how much money you’ve spent because of your injuries, how much work you’ve missed, and of anything else that has impacted your life because of the injury.

Hire a lawyer as soon as possible. A lawyer will insure you have a good claim and will help you deal with insurance companies in order to get you the compensation you need.