First Steps to Take After a Slip and Fall on Your Property

Accidents happen; that's why they're called "accidents." But, sometimes an accident can be caused by someone's negligence and when this happens, that "accident" can be costly for the responsible party.

One of the most common types of such accidents is a slip and fall. Slip and falls that occur on your property could result with you facing a lawsuit. What you do immediately after someone falls is essential when it comes to protecting your business or personal assets. Find out what your first steps should be after a slip and fall on your property from our personal injury lawyer in Wilmington NC.

Step 1: Contact Your Insurance Company

As soon as possible after you learn of the slip and fall, contact your insurance company to let them know what happened and to give them advance notification that a claim may be filed. Most insurance companies have strict timelines that need to be adhered to with accident claims, so getting ahead of the problem is important for avoiding any denial of coverage issues or other problems.

In addition to calling your agent, you should also send a detailed letter via certified mail in which you describe the events to the best of your knowledge to double-check that your insurance company is properly informed.

Step 2: Conduct an Investigation into the Accident

If you did not see the accident happen with your own eyes, it will be crucial for you to conduct your own investigation into the accident. This means taking pictures of the area where the accident occurred, speaking with employees, customers, or neighbors, who did happen to see what happened, and taking detailed notes. Be sure to get contact information for everyone you interview.

If you did see the accident, then offer any assistance you can to the person who fell, especially if they appear injured in any way. Ask them what happened. This is important because a person is more likely to be truthful immediately after the accident. Be sure to collect their contact information before they leave the site.

Step 3: Take the Steps Needed to Prevent Future Slip and Falls

In most cases, slip and falls occur as a result of a tripping hazard on a property. For instance, the floor may have been wet and slippery, a piece of concrete may be cracked and jutting up, or ice could have developed on a walkway. If in your investigation you discover that something on your property did cause someone to fall, then do what you must to fix the problem so you can hopefully avoid future risks.

Contact Bain & Rodzik's Personal Injury Lawyer in Wilmington NC

If you are the victim in a slip and fall accident and you have sustained injuries as a result, contact Bain & Rodzik's personal injury lawyer in Wilmington NC as soon as possible. The property owner may have acted negligently and if so, we can help you get the damages you deserve.

Call the Law Firm of Bain & Rodzik today at 910-762-1199 to schedule a free initial consultation. With Bain & Rodzik, you don't pay unless we win your case!