As a slip and fall attorney, Jeffry Dougan knows how serious a slip and fall accident can be, especially in icy Colorado. If you’ve slipped and fallen on someone else’s property, this tips may help you.
1. Are you hurt? Seek medical attention as soon as possible. Even if you do not have medical insurance, it is critical that you get medical attention if you need it. Photograph any visible injuries immediately, such as bruises, scrapes, broken bones, etc.
2. Were there witnesses? Get the names and addresses of anybody and everybody that saw this happen. Get everyone’s e-mail address, phone number, and mailing address. Assuming it’s a commercial building, check to see if there is video surveillance (King Sooper’s, Wal-Mart, Target all have surveillance cameras) and whether management will give you a copy. If not, ask that they please preserve such video. Insist that you give an incident report immediately. DO THIS IN WRITING. In your statement, be sure to request that management preserve surveillance video.
3. Take pictures of the accident scene. There is no such thing as too many pictures. Photograph every possible angle, distance, and perspective of your fall if you’re able. If you don’t have a camera, take well-detailed notes about what happened and ask management if they will please take photos and add them to your incident report. If staff starts cleaning the area where you fell, please ask them to take pictures of the scene before cleaning.
4. If you don’t report it, it didn’t happen. Immediately report the accident and the dangerous condition to manager and fill out an incident report. Remember, to only report what you know. Do not speculate as to what happened. Only report the facts that you know. You may be called to testify about them later on.
Also, ask to get a copy of the store’s insurance policy and its premises medical payments policy (if such exists). At a very minimum get the name of the store’s insurance company, their policy number, and their policy limits.
5. Even if you did take pictures, still take detailed notes on exactly what happened. There is no such thing as too much detail. Remember to answer these five basic questions: who, what, where, when, why, and how?
Write down the date and time of the accident, the location of the accident, the names of all witnesses, the names of the persons to whom you reported the accident, the names of the property owner and his insurance information, weather conditions, and what you were wearing at the time, particularly your shoes. Keep all clothing or other physical evidence that confirm the accident.
6. Do NOT talk to any insurance company including yours until you have spoken with a lawyer and he says it’s okay.
7. Contact Slip and Fall Attorney Jeffry Dougan. The last thing anyone wants to do after she has had a humiliating, harmful slip-and-fall experience is talk to a Denver personal injury lawyer. But you need to take out the services of a Denver personal injury attorney who is going to fight for you if you’re going to fully protect your rights and get the outcome you deserve.
Waiting is the worst thing that you can do to your claim. If you’ve had a slip-and-fall, call Denver slip and fall attorney Jeffry Dougan today at 303-704-1222 and schedule your FREE case evaluation.