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Documenting a fall at a public place

Whether you love to shop, eat out or listen to live music, Pottsville has some excellent options. When you are away from home, though, you must think about your personal safety. After all, you may never fully recover from an injury you sustain during a fall at a public place. 

Slips and falls are probably more common than you think. In fact, according to the National Floor Safety Institute, injuries from slips and falls account for 12% of emergency room visits. While focusing on your health and well-being must be a top priority, you likely want to pursue compensation from whoever caused the fall. Here are a few things you should know about documenting a fall that happens in a public venue. 

Do not trust security footage 

To prevent theft and for other reasons, many business owners install security cameras. While a camera may have captured your fall, you should not rely on it to provide evidence of liability. That is, obtaining security footage may be difficult. As such, you must do what you can to document the incident independently. 

Go to the doctor 

Your body uses adrenaline to help you cope with painful and stressful situations. Unfortunately, though, adrenaline may cause you to believe you have emerged from a fall without sustaining an injury. Because some symptoms take time to develop, you should always seek a medical evaluation after a fall. 

Find witnesses 

If you slip and fall in a public place, there is a good chance someone witnessed the incident. By obtaining the names and contact information of witnesses, you begin to build the official record. If you can, ask witnesses to write down anything they observed. 

Tell a manager 

To preserve your chances of receiving compensation for your injuries, you must inform someone at the public place about your fall. Do not, however, trust a low-level employee to accurately document the situation. Instead, ask to speak to a manager. If store policy requires you to complete a written form, be sure you do so. 

You may never have to worry about slipping or falling in a public place. Still, business owners have a duty to protect you from foreseeable injuries. By understanding how to accurately document your fall, you better position yourself to pursue compensation for your injuries. 

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