Protecting Your Rights after a Slip-and-Fall Injury on Public Premises in California


Getting the attention of a store employee when you need help finding a product can sometimes be difficult, but if you fall on the premises, you typically get instant access to store management. These individuals naturally want you to obtain the help you need for your injuries, but they also want to protect the business from liability. If you suffer injuries, you need to understand your rights and responsibilities in these situations.

Whether you sustain serious injuries immediately, or you are concerned significant injuries may become apparent later, your primary responsibility is to seek medical assistance. Store management may try to discuss the accident or even ask you to sign forms. The following list of DOs and DON’Ts can help get you to the doctor and protect your legal rights if you need to file a premises liability claim:

  • DO provide basic contact information to the store management.
  • DON’T complete or sign any release forms; but
  • DO be sure to file a written report so your accident is documented.
  • DON’T let your embarrassment prevent you from sharing any physical problems you may be experiencing. 
  • DON’T say you are fine, when you are unsure if you will later develop pain or symptoms.
  • DO ask to see a doctor of your own choosing.
  • DO make a mental note of the possible causes of your accident — taking pictures, if possible.
  • DON’T discuss what happened with store employees, except to point out what dangerous condition caused your fall.

Topics:  Bodily Injury, Slip and Fall

Published In: Personal Injury Updates

DISCLAIMER: Because of the generality of this update, the information provided herein may not be applicable in all situations and should not be acted upon without specific legal advice based on particular situations.

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