What To Do After A Store Slip & Fall

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What To Do After A Store Slip & Fall

In Colorado, anyone can be injured in a slip and fall accident, seemingly at any time. These events often take place in stores like Walmart, Target, or King Soopers, while people are just going about their everyday business. Frequently, the negligence of store owners and employees can play a role in these accidents.

This article will take a look at why slip and falls happen and how victims can hold at-fault parties accountable. It is crucial that slip and fall victims know how to protect their rights and pursue compensation for the injuries and damages they sustained that were caused by preventable accidents–including slips and falls.

What Causes In-Store Slip & Falls

In many cases, slip and fall accidents are caused by the negligence of the owner of a store or the employees present. They could be too busy doing their tasks–like stocking shelves and ringing up customers–to warn customers about potential hazards. These include:

  • Dim lighting
  • Slippery floors due to spillage
  • Uneven walkways
  • Narrow stairways
  • Cluttered pathways
  • Uneven carpeting
  • Pavement defects 
  • Exposed electrical wiring

Am I Able to File a Premises Liability Claim After an In-Store Slip & Fall?

What To Do After A Store Slip & FallIf the negligence of a store owner results in harm by a slip and fall, the victim could be able to file a premises liability claim against them in order to recover lost compensation. The validity of a premises liability claim depends heavily on the status of the victim as an “invitee.” An invitee is established under Colorado law as a person who is present on a property to transact business considered to be mutually beneficial to the invitee as well as the store owner.

Invitees are owed the highest standard of care by the owner of the store. Certain precautions should be in place in order to ensure the safety of everyone legally on the premises. This level of care includes maintaining the property to ensure that it is reasonably safe for visitors. When the owner of a store is made known of a hazard, they have a duty of care to repair the issue. There is also a duty placed on the owner to provide warning of any unsafe conditions which were unable to be immediately repaired.

When filing a claim against a store, a key factor is how long the hazard was present. Let’s say that a puddle of spilled liquid was left unattended for many hours. This could show that the store owner or their employees had knowledge of the hazard. The failure of the store to clean up the spill, block off the area, or provide a warning to customers could be considered negligence.

Protecting Your Rights Following an In-Store Slip & Fall

It is important to act quickly to protect your rights following a slip and fall. The following steps can help protect your claim:

 

  • Document the scene. Getting photos and other documentation of the scene of your accident is crucial. Take pictures of any unsafe conditions that caused your fall. Photos and documentation can provide evidence and assist your case. 
  • Gather names and contact information of those at the scene. It is important to gather the names and contact information of anyone who was present during or following the collision for the purposes of witness testimony. Even if someone did not see you fall, they may still be able to offer information on what happened following the accident. 
  • File a report at the store. Follow the necessary procedures for reporting an accident at the location. A record is created when filing an accident report. Make notice of the date, time, and location of the accident.
  • Seek medical help. You need to seek medical help as soon as possible after a slip and fall, even if it does not seem like you were seriously injured. Without a record stating that you saw a doctor after the fall, it could be hard to provide evidence that your injury was caused by the accident.
  • Keep your records. Keep your medical bills and any other receipts, including letters or e-mails from the insurance providers. Even the clothes you were wearing at the time of the fall could provide some sort of evidence.
  • Avoid talking with the insurer. Never give a statement to the store’s insurance provider before speaking with your own attorney. The insurance provider does not care about your needs. They will likely try to use what you say against you in order to reduce your claim or even deny it entirely.
  • Seek legal help. You have the right to shop at a store that is safe from hazards and dangerous conditions as an invitee. If you sustained injuries in a slip and fall accident, your rights have been violated. The store owner’s breach of duty to maintain a reasonably safe premise could make them liable for your injuries. A lawyer can help you seek due compensation and protect your legal rights. 

Slip & Fall Injuries in Colorado

Slip and falls can happen anywhere. However, in colder states like Colorado, they are extremely prevalent due to the increased amounts of ice and snow. After seeking treatment for your injuries, you will want to seek legal counsel in order to regain lost compensation. 

In the United States, slip and fall injuries are by far the most common type of personal injury claim. Nearly 30 percent of those injured in a slip and fall accidents sustain serious injuries. Falls account for 8 million hospital visits across the country annually. A lawyer can help you hold the at-fault party accountable for their negligence. 

Injury Victim Law understands that being injured can be immense and overwhelming. When the injuries were caused by the gross negligence of another, it can be even more difficult to bear. Our firm is results-driven and has helped countless victims all over the country regain satisfactory settlements for their injuries. Contact our law offices today at (800) 245-2774 to discuss your claim with a Colorado slip and fall injury lawyer.

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