Injured in a Slip and Fall Accident?
Slip and fall injuries can be extremely hard to prove in court, but if you take the right steps after your accident, you have a much better shot at winning your case. When you work with the Accident & Disability Attorneys of Monge & Associates, we will be able to analyze your case and guide you properly, but these are general tips that can help you win.
- Act Quickly. Evidence is vitally important in a slip and fall case. If you wait too long to take action, you may find yourself without a lot of proof to back up your claim. Whatever you decide to do following an accident to build your case, do it quickly and call an attorney.
- Get Documentation. If you slip and fall in a major retail store such as Walmart or Kroger, they already have procedures to follow after a customer is injured. Staff and management should fill out an accident report, so if they don't, ask them to do so—and tell them you want copies. Do not sign that accident report if it tries to falsely claim that your injuries were somehow your fault. It's highly unlikely they will admit on the accident report that store employees were at fault, but at least suggest that the report be worded in a neutral manner. You should also get names and phone numbers for any witnesses who can back up your story of what happened on the day you fell.
- Take Pictures. Take pictures of anything and everything, if you can. If you're physically able to, get shots of the accident scene immediately following the incident, or at least go back later to take pictures of the area. If the cause of your slip and fall is still present—for instance, an icy sidewalk or a worn carpet—be sure to take pictures of that, too, before it disappears or is removed. You should also take pictures of your injuries and anything else you feel may be important to your case. If you're not sure whether it's relevant, take a picture anyway.
These are just a few things you can do to help your case in the event you're injured in a slip and fall accident. Your legal team will be able to guide you after your initial consultation and handle the more complicated details.
If you've been injured in a slip and fall accident anywhere in the United States, call the attorneys at Monge & Associates at (800) 860-8021 to schedule a free consultation.