Some Useful Information If You Were Involved in a Slip and Fall Accident
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At the accident scene:
- Telephone police or ambulance if needed.
- Do not make any admissions or statements of fault or regret.
- Information to be aware of and record as soon as possible
In the days after the accident:
- If you are injured, seek medical care as soon as possible.
- Inform your own insurance company of the accident.
- File necessary reports with the state.
- Do not allow the property owner’s insurance company to record a statement from you.
- If you have any questions about payment of medical bills, property damage, or other legal rights, ASK.
When you suffer injuries as the result of a fall, the property owner and their insurance company may be responsible for compensating you for your injuries. This type of case is filed in the circuit court and is a “civil case” known as a “premises liability case”, but more commonly referred to as a slip and fall. This might occur in a grocery store, on a sidewalk, or while visiting any business. The common sense question is what caused your fall? It might be debris or liquids left on a walk or floor, a defect such as a hole in the ground or broken concrete, or a flawed design such as an uneven surface or steps. If you sense that something caused your fall it is recommended that you consult an attorney.
At the Accident Scene:
Do not make any admissions or statements of fault or regret.
When you fall the first reaction is to be embarrassed and to look around to see if anyone saw you fall. Do not blame yourself or apologize, since such words can be taken out of context at a later date. If someone else makes such a statement, write it down.
- Date and time of fall
- Address and specific location of fall
- Cause of fall, i.e. information regarding debris or hazard that caused you to fall
- Conditions at time of fall, such as lighting, weather, or other relevant conditions as may be relevant
- Names and addresses of all who witnessed fall
- Preserve all evidence as may be appropriate such as cause of fall, your footwear, etc.
- You or someone on your behalf should photograph or video record the scene of your fall as soon as possible and note date and time of photo or recording. Inform the property owner as soon as possible and ask that an accident report be written. You should ask that a copy of the report be provided to you. Make sure the facts are correctly stated in the report and ask that it be corrected if necessary.
In the Days After the Accident:
If you are injured, seek medical care as soon as possible.
Your health comes first, before any other concern. If you have symptoms of injury, seek medical care, even if you believe or hope the symptoms will disappear with time; they may not. Proper documentation of medical evidence will also assist you if you later seek compensation for medical bills and for your injuries.
File necessary reports with the state.
The police officer at the scene will instruct you as to the necessary reports to be filed. Be certain you give an accurate statement of how you fell and what caused it.
Do not allow the property owner’s insurance company to record a statement from you.
Understand that the property owner’s insurance company does not represent you. Many of their actions will work against your best interests. Before allowing them to make a permanent, recorded record, talk to your lawyer. Remember, the insurance adjuster is a professional at this, you are not.
If you have any questions about payment of medical bills, property damage, or other legal rights, ASK.
Most attorneys will not charge a fee for an initial consultation to review your case. You should see a lawyer and obtain his advice if you have questions or concerns regarding your case, especially before giving a recorded statement or signing any documents, such as a release.
This content is intended to provide general information and guidance only. You should see an attorney and obtain advice if you have questions or concerns regarding your work injury. Most lawyers will not charge any fee for an initial consultation to review your case. Only by asking questions and obtaining answers will you obtain the rights and benefits to which you are entitled.