While shopping at a local store, you may have slipped on an unmarked wet or dirty floor that led you to fall and hurt yourself. Because your injuries were severe enough, you may have been taken directly to the emergency room for treatment.
If so, you may have grounds to file a claim against the store, especially if you can prove that they were negligent. Setting up a consultation with a personal injury lawyer should be your next step as well as gathering the types of documentation discussed below so that you can present them during the appointment.
1. Photographs or Video That Clearly Show the Conditions of the Scene of Your Accident
One type of documentation you should have with you when you show up for your consultation is any visual evidence that you can gather. Even if you have witness statements, having photographs or a video of the area showing the detrimental conditions can serve as physical proof.
While you or a witness can take pictures and video of the area with their phone, you may also want to get a copy of the store's security tapes. If they refuse to give you a copy, take the ones you have to the attorney and let them handle the process of obtaining the copy from the business.
2. Copies of Any Medical Reports and Bills from Your Emergency Room Visit
Other vital pieces of documentation that you should have with you at the consultation with the attorney are copies of the medical reports from the emergency room visit. Also, you should make a copy of any bills that you received afterward.
While photos and videos show the conditions leading to and causing the fall, the medical reports show the aftermath. The bills also show how your injuries have affected you financially. The attorney can use these when trying to not only prove the severity of your injuries but also their impact.
If you were badly hurt in a slip-and-fall accident that sent you to the hospital, gather up as much physical evidence as you can to show negligence on the part of the store, and schedule a consultation with an attorney as soon as possible. Having such evidence as photos, videos, and medical records and bills will give the personal injury lawyer an overall view of the situation so that they can start building a plan of action to help get you compensation for your injuries.
To learn more, contact a personal injury law firm.