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How to File a Slip and Fall Claim

caution wet floor sign on tile floor | How to File a Slip and Fall ClaimYou’ve slipped on a wet floor inside a grocery store and now you’ve got serious back injuries. Accidents happen right? While it may seem like just an unfortunate accident, that may not always be the case. Grocery stores, department stores, and businesses have a responsibility to ensure a safe environment for their customers. This includes taking necessary safety precautions during bad weather, cleaning up spills quickly, and fixing any known hazards. When they fail to do so, they can be held responsible for any accidents that occur because of their negligence. Here is what you need to know before you decide whether or not to file a slip and fall claim:

Report Your Accident

If you’ve been hurt in a slip and fall accident, the first thing you should do is to report the accident to the premises owner or the highest ranking manager you can find. If you get hurt on public property, report the accident and injury to the city or town as soon as you are able. The manager or owner will likely fill out an incident report immediately and this will provide documentation of the events as they unfolded.

Gather Evidence

If you are able, gather the names and contact numbers for any eye witnesses and snap some pictures of the scene. Carpet tears, wet floors, and improper lighting in parking lots are just some of the pictures you could take to show how your accident unfolded. If you slipped on snow or ice, the condition of the parking lot and the snow and ice on the lot is important to document. Without pictures, it can be difficult to prove that negligence occurred.

Seek Medical Help

Insurance companies don’t like to pay money unless they have to. If you aren’t injured enough to seek medical attention immediately, they may deny your claim. When you go the emergency room or doctor’s office, be sure to tell them that your injury occurred because you recently slipped and fell in a store. This will help when you file a claim because there will be a written report that your injury occurred immediately after your accident.

Contact a Slip and Fall Attorney

Big businesses and insurance companies will try everything they can think of to reduce their claims. As such, you need to hire a personal injury attorney to represent you. Your attorney will examine your accident, review the evidence, and determine if you have cause to file a claim against the negligent party. Be honest with your lawyer about any pre-existing conditions or circumstances that may have played a role in your accident. For example, if you slipped because you were wearing brand new stiletto heels, then your attorney needs to know that prior to filing your claim. Your attorney will be able to negotiate with the insurance companies to arrive at a settlement that is fair and just, so you can recover from your injuries.

Contact Our Experienced Arvada Slip and Fall Injury Lawyers

The personal injury attorneys of Hull & Zimmerman, P.C. in ColoradoIf you or someone you love has been injured in a slip and fall accident in Arvada, Northglenn, Thornton, or anywhere in Northern Colorado, you need a lawyer on your side to investigate your accident and pursue legal action. At Hull & Zimmerman, P.C., our committed personal injury lawyers are dedicated to the belief that everyone deserves justice. Contact us at (303) 423-1770 or (866) 385-3505.

Our slip and fall injury lawyers have extensive experience representing injured accident victims in Broomfield, Arvada, Superior, Lafayette, Louisville, Erie, Brighton, Commerce City, Northglenn, Westminster, Thornton, Longmont, and throughout Colorado.

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