It’s Fall, y’all! The pumpkin spice lattes are flowing, and weekends are full of opportunities to pick apples, carve pumpkins, or go through a “haunted” house. While we hope that most autumn activities can be enjoyed without incident, if you are injured at a special event this fall is important to know what to do.
First Things First
The first thing to do if you have been hurt while enjoying some seasonal fun is to take a time-out and assess your injuries. It can be embarrassing to admit that you need to take a breather or cut a fun day short, but ignoring your injuries could make them worse, and decrease the compensation you are eligible for.
If you are seriously injured, seek medical attention immediately. Don’t wait until you get home.
Notify the Venue & Gather Evidence
Whether you need to go to the emergency room, or can wait to see a doctor when you get home, you should notify the staff at the venue you are visiting that you have been hurt. They need to be made aware that someone visiting their property has been injured.
Take note of their reaction to your report. Did they know that whatever caused your injury was a risk? Does it seem like other people have been injured in the same way?
If you have a cell phone with you, take photos of the location where your injury occurred. Get pictures of the surroundings, and capture any details that seem important. If the weather played a role in your accident, open your weather app and screenshot the current conditions.
Decide Whether You Should Notify the Police
In New Jersey, you must notify the police if you have been in a car accident. Whether you alert them that you have been in some other sort of accident is up to you. If you think some laws are being broken at the establishment you are visiting, or some sort of fight breaks out, don’t hesitate to ask local law enforcement officials to assist you.
Contact an Experienced Personal Injury Attorney
Whether you need help paying for your medical bills, or you simply want to ensure that what happened to you doesn’t happen to someone else, you should discuss your experience with a personal injury attorney.
An attorney can help you figure out how best to ask for help paying any medical bills related to your injury. This may mean negotiating with your own insurance company on your behalf, or it may mean filing a lawsuit against the owners of the property where you were injured. Determining the best way to get you the help you need to recover is what Levin & Malkin does best.
If you have been injured while enjoyed some autumn entertainment, we would be honored to work with you to put your life back together again. Please contact our office in Hackensack to schedule a free consultation.
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