What To Do if You Slip & Fall at a Business
10 Things to Do If You Slip & Fall At a Business
If you slip and fall at a business you are visiting, there’s a chance that that business could be liable for damages you have suffered. Learn more below about the 10 things you need to do if you have suffered a slip and fall at a business. Remember though, the single most important thing you can do is contact a personal injury lawyer to handle your slip and fall case.
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Report the accident to a person in authority by document (email or letter) as soon as possible
If a report is made by the owner/manager of the place you fell, get a copy of the report. Private residence, report it to the home owner and if it is a place of business, report it to the most senior person available. Lastly if it is a public place, report it to the town/city.
Use your smartphone and get pictures of the scene along with date and time of accident.
Take pictures of yourself, your shoes and clothes. Package your shoes and clothes securely as they may be needed as evidence.
Figure out what caused the fall by examining the area, your shoes and clothes.
Find out if there was a warning about the hazard e.g. a Wet Floor sign.
Get names and contact information of witnesses
Accept medical attention as refusing to do so may not convince insurance companies or a jury that you were hurt.
Get the names of your medical institution and medical care providers. Note the tests, treatment and medication you received. Keep all documents and invoices.
Contact your attorney and give details of your matter. The attorney will handle insurance, and the other parties.
Refer all phone calls and contact from insurance companies to your attorney.
Timothy C. Moynahan is the CEO and owner of Moynahan Partners, which offers business development consultancy, identifying strategic business partnerships and funding sources. He founded and heads the Moynahan Law Firm, Waterbury, Connecticut, and is “of counsel” to the Jin Law Group at 200 Park Avenue in New York. He is a sought-after and successful trial lawyer, earning the Super Lawyer of New England and Connecticut awards from 2009 to 2012 and Best Criminal Defense Attorney accolade in 2013.