Report the Incident
If you have been injured in a slip and fall accident, report the incident immediately, regardless of where the fall happens, whether it be a residential, commercial, or government property. The accident should be reported to the manager, owner or landlord.
Most importantly, do not forget to get a report of the incident in writing. This will be very important in bolstering your case. Before leaving the property be sure to have the manager, owner, or landlord create a written report and ask to have a copy made for your records.
Keeping well organized documentation of anything to do with a slip and fall accident is very important for building a strong case against the at-fault party. An important part of the documentation is finding potential witnesses to support your claim. For any potential witnesses or parties involved be sure to document their:
- Phone numbers
- Email addresses
Don’t forget that pictures say a 1,000 words. Try to take pictures of the location where you tripped and fell and any factors that may have contributed to your fall, such as stairs, uneven ground, or icy patches.
Video evidence can also be very compelling in a slip and fall case. If the property has any surveillance cameras or a potential witness, your attorney may be able to secure that video footage as evidence. You can also check with potential witnesses to see if anyone happened to get a video of the fall.
It is also important to write down any details about how the accident happened while the memory is still fresh. You want to have as detailed an account as possible. Try to include:
- What you were doing before the slip
- How you fell
- The exact location you fell at
- The time and date of the accident
Decline to Speak Without Representation
When initially reporting the event to a manager or property owner, limit your conversation to just the essential details of the fall. Avoid making any social media posts about the accident. Most importantly do not speak to any insurance companies without first getting representation from an attorney.
Hire an Attorney
If you decide to take legal action regarding a slip and fall accident for yourself or a loved, hiring an experienced personal injury attorney should be your next move. Anderson Trial Group is ready to step into the legal battlegrounds and fight for you. You can trust our tried and tested attorneys to work tirelessly on your behalf to ensure you get the best possible outcome for your case.