If you have been injured as a result of some type of an accident in a restaurant, mall, store, or other public place then there are procedures you must do to protect your claim. If you do not follow them, then you could seriously harm your case or you could greatly reduce the amount of money that you may be able to recover for your injuries and damages.
I recently returned from a trip to Seattle where I visited the Space Needle and had lunch with my daughters. I was injured in an accident and took the steps necessary to protect my potential claim.
While I was seated at our table awaiting our lunch to be served by our waiter, I was asked by the waiter serving the table behind us if I could move my chair in. As I turned to move my chair, our waiter cracked me in the nose with my daughter's plate of food. I saw stars and immediately grabbed my nose. The waiter apologized profusely and asked me if I was alright. I was stunned and sat there momentarily before removing my hand from my nose at which point he told me I was bleeding. He asked me if I wanted to file a report and I told him yes. I then went about taking the steps that you should take which help to preserve a personal injury claim.
First and foremost, I began to take pictures. I took a picture of my nose, the bandages that the waiter had brought over and left at our table, and our location in the restaurant. I then waited for the security guard to provide me with a copy of the form that I was asked to fill out. I filled in my information and indicated that our waiter had struck me with a plate, hitting me on my nose which was currently bleeding and swollen. I filled in additional information on the form and crossed out the line that said that I was choosing not to go for immediate medical care and was waiving any claim that I had against the restaurant. I then took a picture of the completed form.
Next, I gave it to the waiter and asked to receive a copy of it. The waiter returned with the manager who told me that it was a private internal document and that I could not receive a copy of it. I told him that I was entitled to receive a copy and he insisted that he could not obtain a copy of that document for me. I explained to the manager that he was obligated to give me a copy of his card of which he was to write that his waiter struck me with a plate. After that, he returned with that card which he filled out indicating that his waiter caused my injury.
There are five things you should do following this type of accident.
Take Pictures - You must take many pictures of the accident site and of what
caused your injury. Did you slip and fall or trip and fall? If so, take
pictures of everything that caused you to slip or trip. If there was some
type of a defect which could be a hole in a walkway, a carpet that is loose
or coming up from the floor, or something else that caused you to slip or
trip then take pictures of those conditions.
- Fill Out an Accident Report and Take a Picture of It - Ask for a manager and fill out an accident report. Tell the manager that you need to immediately get a copy of this form once it is filled out. Never give the accident report back to the manager unless you first take a picture of it with your cell phone.
- Seek Medical Attention; If Injured - You should request medical care and attention if you are not feeling well so that you can be taken to a hospital and treated for your conditions.
- Obtain the Contact Information of Any Witnesses - It is advisable that you take pictures of the individuals that were present and receive the names and contact information of any witnesses.
- Contact an Experienced Connecticut Personal Injury Lawyer - As soon as possible to understand your rights and learn more about what you should and should not be doing.
You should never speak with the insurance adjuster representing the owner of the property unless until you first speak with experienced Connecticut personal injury lawyer.
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