After an injury fall at a fair, the fall victim should see a doctor immediately before engaging in any other activity and safely keep the medical records. The victim should document the scene of the fall accident and notify the fair event organizer or premise owner of the accident. He or she should also gather information about any eyewitness at the scene.
The fall victim is entitled to compensation if he or she is injured due to another party’s negligence. He or she can sue the fair event organizer or premise owner. Fall accidents at the fair can result in a variety of injuries, ranging from minor bruises to severe injuries like spinal cord injuries.
Taking the Right Steps After a Fall at the Fair
Seeking Urgent Medical Attention
The victim should see a doctor for a full medical examination immediately after a slip and fall. The victim should describe to the doctor precisely when, where, and how he or she was injured. Establishing a link between the injuries sustained and the fall is important.
Keeping Proper Medical Records
The fall victim should obtain and safely keep medical records. Doing this will make the work easier for the injury attorney.
Informing the Premises Owner or Event Organizer About the Accident
The fall victim should avoid making excuses for his or her fall, or dusting himself or herself, and limping away. Instead, he or she should immediately report the accident to the premise owner and/or event organizer.
Documenting the Accident Scene and Collecting Witness Information
This step involves taking time-stamped pictures of the contributing hazards at the accident scene. It also involves collecting contact details and the physical addresses of witnesses.
Causes of Fall Accidents at Fairs
Slip-and-fall accidents are majorly caused by substances on the floor, such as water, ice, and litter, which reduce frictional properties between shoes and floor surfaces. Since fair events mainly involve huge crowds, obstacles on the walkways can lead to trips and falls. Deviations or elevations on the walking floors can also cause falls, as the clearance distance between feet and the floor surface is so small during normal gait.
Bumping or getting pushed by another person or an object can result in loss of balance and may lead to fatal falls. Fall accidents at fair events may interrupt crowd flow, resulting in multiple trips and falls and severe injuries to fall victims.
Fair organizers are legally responsible for the safety of legal fair attendees. Slip-and-fall victims that suffer injuries in a fair accident must demonstrate the fair organizer’s negligence. The injured victim must prove that the fair organizer knew or should have known about hazardous conditions and resolved them in advance. The victim must also prove that fair organizers or their employees directly contributed to the hazardous conditions that caused the fall accident.
Getting Legal Support
Liability is usually contested in slip-and-fall claims. A slip-and-fall victim can improve the chances of obtaining a favorable outcome in a personal injury claim with the help of an injury attorney. The attorney can obtain evidence that the victim can’t obtain on his or her own, including compelling businesses to provide surveillance footage or copies of accident reports using subpoenas.