What can you do to support your potential claim after you sustain an injury from a slip, trip or fall?
First, report the injury to the business. Second, take photos of what you believe caused the fall and the surrounding area. Third, take pictures of your injuries (if there are outward physical signs).
In Arizona, the owner of a business is required to use reasonable care to warn, protect or fix an unreasonable dangerous condition of which the business had notice. A business has notice if its employees created the condition, its employees actually knew of the condition or the condition existed for a sufficient length of time that the business or its employees should have known of the condition.
It is important to understand that whatever caused the fall must ultimately be determined to be an unreasonably dangerous condition. As such, it is important to understand what exactly caused you to fall and to photograph or otherwise document the condition (if possible to do so).
The condition may be a rapid change in elevation (such as an improper step, or a large difference in height between one part of a walkway and another) or not enough lighting to enable you to see obstacles or both. So, when documenting the specific condition(s), it is important to also note the context of the premises; is the condition located in a noisy and crowded area, etc.
Finally, as with all personal injury cases, it is important to document any expenses you may have incurred as a result of the fall. You should record when and where you treated for your injuries and where you had prescriptions filled etc.
While your attorney will ultimately obtain your medical records and attempt to collect all information concerning your expenses and losses, writing this information down early on will assist in the process of supporting your potential claim.