Business owners need to be aware of the potential for employees or customers to be injured at the business. While there is a lot that can be done to prevent injuries, accidents can happen at any time. If someone is injured on your business premises, follow the steps here to take the appropriate action to handle the injuries and the potential lawsuit.
Get Them Immediate Medical Attention
Whether it’s an employee or a customer who is injured, immediate medical attention is necessary. For minor injuries, encourage the person to seek medical attention and provide bandages if needed. For more severe injuries, contact emergency services to have the person checked out before they leave the business. If you’re not sure when to call emergency services after injuries, get advice from Fremstad Law. They can provide legal advice on how to handle any injuries on your business premises.
Inspect Where the Accident Occurred
As soon as possible, carefully inspect the area where the accident occurred. It’s a good idea to block off the area, so nothing happens to it before you have a chance to do this. Take photographs of everything in the area where the accident occurred, even if it doesn’t seem important. Include photos that show the weather if it occurred outside or whether there was anything that caused the accident if it happened inside. Collect video footage of the accident if possible as well as witness contact information. All of this will prove useful for your lawyer.
Create a Claim with the Insurance Company
The insurance company needs to be alerted to the fact that there was an accident on the property. If an employee was injured, this would go through worker’s compensation. If a customer was injured, call the company that covers your liability insurance. They will give you more information on how to file the claim as well as what you can expect to happen going forward. If you have any evidence of the accident, it may be a good idea to provide this to your insurance company as this may show you weren’t liable for the accident.
Talk to a Lawyer to Prepare for a Lawsuit
Most accidents that occur on a businesses property are going to mean the business is liable. It’s the business’s responsibility to make sure the premises are safe for everyone who enters to reduce the chance of any injuries. However, there are times when the business may not be liable for the injuries. It’s always a good idea to have a consultation with a lawyer to learn more about what can be done to find out if you’re liable or not. Set up a consultation as soon as possible after the accident to have a lawyer review the evidence of what happened and let you know what to expect. They can review the photographs or video footage from the accident as well as speak with witnesses to get a clearer picture of what happened.
Though you may do as much as possible to minimize the potential for an accident to occur, the reality is that accidents can and will happen. If anyone is injured on your business premises, make sure you follow the steps here to handle the injuries appropriately and get the help you need to determine if you may be liable.