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What a property owner should ask after a trip and fall accident

Falling or tripping can result in some serious injuries. Maybe you'll have simple bruising, or perhaps you'll have lacerations, a concussion, or worse. Even a short fall can lead to broken or fractured bones, dislocations, and other injuries that leave you in pain and on your way to the hospital.

Any premises that has customers or guests on the property should be kept in good condition. Under the Occupier's Liability Act, the management of the property must ensure that the conditions of the property are safe.

The owner has to answer several questions about the incident. For instance, was the danger that resulted in your trip and fall accident foreseeable? Did he know it was there? Was there a system in place to inspect the property regularly and to report dangerous hazards? Could that hazard have been prevented?

If the person responsible for the property can answer that the hazard was known about but did not get repaired or that there was no inspection of the property, then you may be able to prove negligence and receive compensation for your injuries.

After your injury, the owner of the property should ask who you are, where you fell, when the accident happened and find out the names of witnesses or staff members who helped you. He or she should also write down what actions were taken and make sure you get medical help immediately. You can always speak to your lawyer later if you have questions about the accident, but your health must be treated as the number one concern after the incident takes place.

Source: Ecclesiastical, "Trip and Fall Prevention," accessed July 01, 2016

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