If you have been injured in a Connecticut slip and fall case then there are number of things that you need to be doing right away to properly document the facts of your case, establish liability and help to increase the value of your accident case. I was recently in a local grocery store when I slipped on a liquid substance that was on the floor. I was able to hold on to my shopping cart and did not fall to the ground but twisted my back. I immediately went over to the cashier and indicated that I had just slipped on a substance located on the floor and that somebody should clean it up right away before somebody else was injured. I then knew there were a number of things that I had to do to properly document what happened.
I turned and looked at the floor. The slippery liquid substance was everywhere. There must have been a hole in some type of a container and the liquid leaked all over the floor. I took pictures of the substance where I slipped and the two other aisles which showed the liquid that had dripped out on to the floor in both of those aisles. This is important because one of the issues that will be present in a slip and fall case, is notice. In other words, did the store know or should the store have known about this liquid substance located on their floor? It was located in three different aisles so it established the fact that it was there long enough for someone to walk this distance and would have presented a very noticeable defect that needed correcting.
I continued to take pictures of the employee that came over to mop up the floor. The manager then came over and I advised him that the liquid was spread over three different aisles and that it would be important for him to find the person who had the container that was leaking throughout the store. I also obtained the names of the two individuals that I had spoken to. I asked to fill out an accident report and after doing so took a picture of that report. I asked the manager for a copy of the report and he told me that he could not provide to me until the company reviewed it. It is the policy and practice of these types of establishments to obtain a report from an injured party and then not to provide you with a copy unless and until a lawsuit is commenced.
After paying for my grocery items, I also photographed a copy of the receipt to show the date and time that I was in the store. Because of the actions that I took that day, I was able to establish the following: the exact location of the substance where I slipped on the floor; the fact that it took some period of time for someone to walk over three different aisles while having this liquid leak; that the liquid was located over an extended area covering several aisles that the store should have known about, if in fact they did not know about it; I was able to detail exactly what happened by filling out an accident report and by photographing that report and I was able to leave the store with a likeness of that report; and I was able to establish the date and time when I was in that store.
There are a great number of other things that you should do if you are involved in some type of an accident in Connecticut and you are injured. Not knowing what to do may complicate matters for you and may even result in the insurance company completely denying your claim. It is very important that you contact an experienced Connecticut personal injury lawyer at the earliest possible moment so you can understand what steps to properly take.
Our Connecticut slip and fall accident lawyers are happy to provide you with free books and advice. We even take these cases on a contingency fee basis and advance the costs to develop your case. We want you to focus on feeling better while we do the rest. Do not hesitate to contact us with any questions or concerns you may have after a slip and fall accident in Connecticut.