It can happen to anyone. An uneven sidewalk, a recently mopped grocery store floor or a greasy spill at a buffet restaurant. Any of the preceeding can result in a slip and fall accident, and those examples are just the tip of the iceberg.
If you've been involved in a slip and fall accident due to the negligence of others, it's crucial that you understand what steps to take in order to protect your claim. I've seen quiet a bit as an experienced accident lawyer right here in Henderson, and in that time I've come to learn there are five simple steps everyone should take when they've been injured in a slip and fall accident.
Five Steps To Take Following A Henderson Slip And Fall Accident
Although the following actions to take after a slip and fall accident may seem like common sense, you'd be surprised how often victims fail to complete each step...especially Number 5.
Step One: Take Pictures Of Where The Slip And Fall Incident Took Place
Without photographic evidence of a foreign substance on the ground the premises owner may take the position that there was nothing there. Security incident reports or accident reports made by employees often misrepresent the conditions. They will say something to the effect of “floor was dry” or “no hazards noted.” Pictures of the foreign substance on the ground or wet clothing demonstrate there was, in fact, liquid on the ground.
Step Two: Report Your Slip And Fall Accident
Many clients are embarrassed after a fall. They will get up and hobble out of the location without saying anything to anyone. The following day when they realize they are more seriously injured than they first thought they will return to the business to report the accident. This looks bad and makes it appear like they are trying to make a lawsuit out of something after having spoken with an attorney. Although it is embarrassing, make a point of reporting the incident and showing employees the condition which caused the fall.
Step Three: Be Accurate When Responding To Questions On The Slip And Fall Incident Report
Be careful in providing a report at the scene. Oftentimes a business has protocols for handling accidents. These almost always include some type of report. Be concise and accurate in how you fill out the accident report without including too much detail. Don’t speculate as to the type of liquid on the ground unless you know. Many clients will inadvertently make admissions like, “I should have noticed the puddle on the ground.” Most businesses like hotels and retail stores work hard to focus your attention on other things besides the ground directly in front of you. They have the duty to make sure the premises are safe for their patrons and guests. Do no take upon yourself a duty above and beyond what the law requires.
Step Four: Do Not Speak With The Businesses' Slip And Fall Insurance Adjuster.
This one bears repeating. Do not speak with the insurance company. Many businesses will immediately forward the accident report to their insurance company. The insurance adjuster assigned to your case will make you believe you are obligated to provide a recorded statement. This is not accurate and any statement you make will be used to minimize your injuries or contradict testimony you give later on at trial. They will do whatever they can to get information from you to use against you in settlement or in litigation.
Step Five: Speak With An Experienced Slip And Fall Lawyer For Free
There are lots of moving parts to any case and slip-and-fall cases are more complex than most. It is important to find an attorney who specializes in this type of injury as there are nuances that can be the difference between losing or winning a settlement in your slip and fall case. An attorney can help you obtain the necessary medical treatment and position your case to provide you the maximum settlement possible.
Here at Jones Wilson, both myself and parnter Justin Wilson have many years of experience in helping slip and fall accident victims throughout Henderson and the greater Las Vegas area. We provide free, no obligation consultations and will be happy to answer your questions. Please feel free to contact us online or call the office directly at 866.299.0558 to learn more about how we can help.