The FBI recently busted a $31 million slip-and-fall insurance scam reportedly run by a sophisticated fraud ring in New York. The scam involved staged slip-and-fall accidents at targeted properties, falsified insurance claims, and even unnecessary surgical procedures.
What important steps can an individual who was involved in a bona fide slip-and-fall accident at a store or business take to protect his or her case? One online guide offered these tips:
- Report the accident. If you fall at work, report your injury to management. If you fall on someone’s property – whether a business or residence – let them know. You will want the incident recorded in writing so there is evidence that an accident occurred.
- Get medical attention right away. That visit and resulting documentation will serve as evidence in your case.
- Take pictures. Take pictures and/or video of the wet spot or hazard that caused your fall. Mark the spot so it is easily seen. Take photos of your injuries. Document the arrival of an ambulance if one was called.
- Request video as soon as possible. Businesses often have surveillance cameras. However, some places may overwrite their systems in a matter of days. You will want to obtain video evidence of the spot of the accident both before and after it happened.
Overall, if you have an injury resulting from a property owner’s negligence, it’s best to consult with an attorney experienced in slip and fall cases in Pennsylvania. Please reach out to us. Our firm is recognized as a leader in litigating premises liability cases in Pennsylvania.