Life happens, and so do life’s unexpected events. Slip and Fall accident are one of those
unexpected events. Most people after a slip and fall accident are in pain, scared, embarrassed,
confused, and may not know what to do in the moment. As a result, critical things may get
overlooked that may help you make a full recovery not only health wise, but financially.
Premise Liability involving slip/trip and fall accidents are a type of action against the owner of
property, including buildings, homes, parking lots, public property, or sidewalks. Landowners
have a duty to ensure that their property is safe. If you are seriously hurt after slipping, tripping,
and falling on someone else’s property because the owner failed to keep their property safe, you
could be entitled to compensation for your medical expenses, lost wages, and the pain you
endured as a result of the accident.
We at Grismer Law want to help you plan for the unexpected so that when the time comes, we
can put you in the best position to help you make a full recovery. Here are the steps you should
take during and after a slip and fall accident occurs:
1. Get Medical Help
Your number one priority should always be your or your loved one’s health. Not only is this an
important step in building your case, but it is critical for your overall safety and recovery. The
unfortunate truth is that insurance companies do not believe that you are injured unless your
injuries are well documented, i.e. emergency room or treating physician records in proximity to
the accident. Visiting a doctor immediately after your accident is the most important thing you
can do to create a strong record of your injuries.
You also may not know the full extent of your injuries, especially if you have sustained a head
injury. Moreover, it is common for injuries to be hidden because of your body’s natural defense
mechanism of releasing adrenaline. Seeking the immediate proper medical care can make sure all
your injuries are accounted for and documented which is essential to your case. Ultimately, if
you wait to seek medical treatment the insurance company will dismiss your injuries and argue
that they are unrelated to the accident.
2. Inspect and Document the Scene
If you are physically able to, the best time to collect evidence related to the accident is right after
it occurs. Try to identify the cause of your fall such as liquid (water, milk, etc.) or debris on the
floor, unattended tripping hazards, or building defects. Moreover, make note of any signage in
the area such as “wet floor” signs or the lack thereof. If not documented at the time of the
accident it may be hard to recreate what exactly happened, which may present certain defenses
for the insurance company. Also, you should store your shoes and clothing you were wearing at
the time of the accident as they may become important pieces of evidence later.
3. Take Pictures
It is very important to document the scene and your injuries with photographs. Take pictures of
the floor and the surrounding area – take pictures of everything.
Pictures can help us determine the possible cause of the accident as well as place a jury at the
scene when trial comes. Jurors expect every case to involve CSI level television. Testimony can
help set the scene, but photographs can help them visualize the scene and prove that your
recollection is accurate.
4. Get Information for Witnesses
Another important aspect of documenting a scene is to identify and collect possible witness
information. Collect each potential witness’s name, address, phone number, and email. While
they may not have time to give a thorough statement immediately, their statements later can help
support your recollection of the accident.
5. Report the Accident
Making an official written report with the store manager, owner, or landlord is critical. Not only
does it establish that the accident happened, which often is disputed, but it helps establish an
accurate report of the accident for the premises to investigate.
When making a written report of the accident, do not embellish the accident or your injuries.
Include all important information regarding incident and the pain you are experiencing at that
time. Make sure you get a copy of the report for your records.
If an insurance company reaches out to you for a recorded statement, respectfully decline until
you have a chance to talk to your attorney. Do not post the details of the accident, your injuries,
or your treatment on social media.
6. Contact Grismer Law
The insurance company is not your friend, and they are not on your side. They may act
concerned for your injuries and assure you that they are going to compensate you for your losses.
However, despite their illusions of assistance, their ultimate goal is to pay you as little as
possible to increase their company’s profits.
At Grismer Law, not only are we on your side, but we have the resources and experience to win
your case. Our team will be with be with you from start to finish, including all the negotiations,
legal paperwork, and trial if necessary. We will also track your treatment and assist you in
getting the medical treatment you need.
Call us today for a free, zero obligation case review, and remember, we take your case on a
contingency fee basis which means we don’t get paid unless you get paid.