Stars: They’re Just Like Us! (Part 3 – Hunger Games edition)
Jennifer Lawrence may play Katniss Everdeen in the smash hit young adult series The Hunger Games, but it is unclear if she would survive any sort of real-life Hunger Games. Recently, at the premiere for The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part Two, Jennifer Lawrence reminded us why she has a reputation of being a bit of a klutz (albeit a superstar actor). While walking the red carpet in Madrid, she once again took a bit of a tumble. This follows a very infamous fall Lawrence endured on the way to receiving her Oscar a few years ago.
Not ones to laugh at other people’s literal falls, we take this opportunity to remind our readers about the importance of documenting your slips, trips, and other unfortunate events. Fortunately (or unfortunately) for Lawrence, hundreds of people saw her slip (and that became millions once the video went viral). Luckily, most of us don’t have to worry about our neighbors snickering at images of us at our lowest points—again literally. When most of us trip and fall, (Murphy ’s Law states that) there is nary a witness in site. This might make pursuing a legal claim slightly more complicated. This is why, as personal injury lawyers, we always recommend that you take pictures at the site of a fall. Documentation of your surroundings is key.
Please also note, if you do not feel well after any type of fall, it is important that you receive immediate medical attention. Firstly, your health is top priority. Secondly, your case has much more credibility if you leave a medical paper trail from the date of your injury. Of course, if people helped you after the fall, ask them for their information. Even though they did not witness the actual fall, they can be helpful in solidifying your version of the story later on. Keep all items from the day you fell; you never know if your adversary or judge will want to see what you were wearing (especially on your feet). Additionally, be it that same day or later on, make sure to report the incident to the store or property management (and if it occurs on city property, please see our blog about those requirements here). Subsequently, we suggest you speak to a lawyer to further your paper trail.
Many of us wouldn’t be able to survive or even qualify for the Hunger Games, and many of us will trip or slip and fall at some point in our lives. Maybe it will be due to our own negligence, or perhaps someone else is to blame, but either way, it is always best to document as much as you can. If you have any questions about pursuing a claim for a slip and fall, please do not hesitate to contact us.