Falling in public can be a scary and even embarrassing experience, so it is common for people to want to move past it as quickly as possible. However, ignoring the accident can have a domino effect, leading to more injuries and allowing the responsible party to get off easy despite their negligent actions. With this in mind, there are several things you should consider before ignoring a slip and fall accident.
If you decide to move forward with a claim against the negligent party, you’ll need the assistance of a Colorado slip and fall attorney. They can investigate your claim and the circumstances leading up to the accident.
More People Could Be Injured If You Do Not Report Hazardous Conditions
By reporting a fall, you make the store owner or manager or homeowner aware of the dangerous condition, so they will be able to address the situation. For example, if you fell because of a wet floor, a store employee may bring out a wet floor sign so other people can be more cautious when walking in that area. By alerting store management, you may help change policies to ensure that no one else is injured.
Ultimately, if you do not bring your accident to the responsible party’s attention, they will continue to be negligent, and they may not be held accountable for their actions.
Not All Injuries Show Signs Right Away
One thing to always remember is that not all injuries display symptoms right away, which is known as delayed onset. Even if you feel fine, you should always consult with a doctor. By waiting until you experience symptoms to seek medical care, you risk your chances of receiving fair compensation for accident-related expenses when filing a claim.
Don’t Blame Yourself for a Slip and Fall Accident
When a slip and fall occurs, you should never blame yourself, especially if the accident resulted from wet floors, cracks, debris, or merchandise on the ground, or other environmental factors outside of your control. These injuries are often unavoidable if store employees do not correctly label hazards. A little communication can go a long way in keeping customers safe. When communication is nonexistent, it may be possible to seek compensation.
What Should I Do after a Slip and Fall Accident?
There are many steps you need to take following a slip and fall accident in Colorado. As mentioned, you should report the incident to store employees, preferably a manager. Take photos of the scene to show what caused your accident. Take wide shots of the area if the floor was wet but was not marked by a wet floor sign.
You should also take photos of your clothes and any physical injuries you sustained. It is also important not to wash your clothes. Keep them in an air-tight bag, as your attorney may use them as evidence.
Never talk to the business’s insurance company. They may try to trick you into blaming yourself or playing down the severity of your injuries, reducing the amount of compensation you receive. If you already have an attorney, guide any questions the insurer may have to them.
Obtain Legal Counsel from the Mintz Law Firm
Millions of people suffer from slip and fall accidents every year, and too many refuse to file a claim against the negligent party. This means you are stuck paying for all injury-related expenses, such as doctor’s appointments, surgery, and physical therapy. When someone else is the cause of your injuries, you should always seek legal counsel.
The Mintz Law Firm attorneys have more than 150 years of combined legal experience and will seek justice on your behalf. We view our clients as people, not just as numbers, and we genuinely care about your wellbeing. When you partner with one of our experienced Colorado personal injury attorneys, you will be kept up to speed throughout the entire claim. To speak with one of our attorneys, call (303) 462-2999 or complete our contact form.