Slip and fall cases are a type of accident can happen to anyone and at the most unexpected times. These cases are also known as “premises liability” cases in Illinois. Our injury law team reviews hundreds of such claims for prospective clients each year. While it is possible for a severe fall to happen without the presence of negligence, in most situations, particularly with respect to commercial areas, such as stores and businesses, it is worth having the facts of the fall evaluated by a local premises liability attorney.
Most business owners and homeowners purchase insurance to protect themselves financially from personal injury cases. Additionally, most mortgage lenders as well as commercial property lenders require such insurance coverage to protect their investments. After all, insurance companies have plenty of funds, and policy owners should never feel bad about filing claims. This process both protects the property owner, and allows the victim of premises liability negligence to recover.
Despite the fact that the process is simple, insurance companies are loathe to pay any sort of claims and will do everything in their power to make sure that victims of negligence go empty-handed. This includes posting many so-called “news” stories about faked slip and fall accidents. Even though hardly anybody fakes an injury for compensations, Thus, after a slip and fall, or any sort of premises liability situation, it is important to take actions to maximize your recovery.
It is important to know what actions to take following the accident. The Central Illinois slip and fall lawyers at Koester & Bradley have found that certain elements can make a difference in these cases including the following:
- Contact emergency personnel if necessary, but absolutely file an accident or incident report with the business or property owner in writing. It is important to file a report of some kind. In fact, it can even be a narrative on a piece of paper. Insurance companies and defendants cling to the lack of an incident or accident report as a way to deny liability.
- Record the names, numbers, and addresses of all witnesses. You or your lawyer will need to know what witnesses are involved. Furthermore, trials can takes years to happen in some cases and witnesses can leave the area.
- Obtain the insurance information for all parties. This means asking the business or home owner both if they are covered and by what company. Most people do not have copies of their policy at the ready, so you or your lawyer will have to get this information from the insurance company directly.
- Photograph the scene of the accident. Smartphones are perfect for this purpose. Then the photos are readily available to insurance companies, who have a right to ask, and your lawyers.
- Hold onto all important information and documents. This can be medical bills, medical records, accident reports, or even a journal or calendar that reveals the time and place of the slip and fall.
- Speak with an experienced attorney before talking with an insurance company. The insurance company will try to hold you to a story about what happened. Insurance adjusters are also trained to force you to record a statement.
As always out personal injury team at Koester & Bradley is here to help you recovery for your slip and fall case, or just answer any of your questions along the way.