How to Make a Slip and Fall Claim in Utah?
Slip and Fall Accident Claims
After auto accidents, slip and fall claims are the most common type of personal injury claim. Slip and fall claims are exactly what they sound like. What often happens is that someone is in a public place, like an icy parking lot on Black Friday, then somehow that person slips and falls hard enough that he or she needs serious medical help. It can happen in grocery stores, hotels, or anywhere in between.
In order to win a slip and fall claim, you will have to prove that the company or establishment had a duty to keep their premises reasonably safe or to warn you of any danger. You will then have to show that the company failed to keep that duty, and you will have to prove that that failure caused your injury.
1. Report the Accident
Whenever there is an injury at a national-chain grocery store, the management will most likely make you fill out and sign an accident report. These stores insist upon such reports because having a record of an accident, including a slip and fall, can make any potential personal injury claims much clearer. If you have been hurt in a commercial establishment report your accident to a manager and fill out an accident report.
2. Take Pictures of the Scene
If at all possible take pictures with your phone of the accident site immediately. Personal injury claims are based on evidence. Often pictures taken too long after the accident will not show the exact conditions that led to the injury.
3. Get Medical Treatment
Getting medical treatment is key in any personal injury claims including slip and fall claims. In order to recover compensation for injuries, you have to be injured in the accident. The best way to prove that the accident was the direct cause of your injuries is to go to a hospital or urgent care facility as soon after the accident as possible and keep all your medical records and bills.
4. Write a Demand Letter
After you have received treatment for your injuries, but before the statute of limitations has run you may write a letter to the company or negligent party you think is responsible for your accident.
Include your name and address, a date and description of the accident, copies of the accident report, medical bills, medical records, and an explanation of the compensation you would like to receive.
At this stage, you may want to contact an attorney. An attorney can help you know what kind of damages you may be entitled to, and how to draft your letter to receive a fair settlement.
5. Negotiate a Settlement
After the company receives your letter, they will most likely get you in touch with their insurance company. The insurance company may offer you a settlement. Now it is up to you to either take the settlement or attempt to negotiate something better.