slip and fall sign at grocery store

We aren’t used to rainy days here in Phoenix.

When it happens, we’re often unprepared, searching for umbrellas and shoes with a good grip. By the time we reach our destination, we’re damp and distracted.

That’s when a slip and fall accident occurs.

Running between the raindrops, you forget the grocery store entrance is wet and you lose your footing.

Landing on your backside, with what initially feels like only a bruised ego, you pick yourself up only to be sat down and interrogated by the store manager.

Don’t be annoyed at the fuss. The manager is just doing her job recounting the events for what is likely to become an incident report for upper management. She’s not out to ruin your day.

What to expect during your slip and fall accident

It’s important to understand that what felt like an inconvenient fall for you is a potential liability for the store. The managers are frequently trained to deal with each fall as a serious problem and may be overly eager to protect the store’s interest.

Stay calm. Becoming upset or angry won’t change what happened.

It’s in your best interest to cooperate only to the point that you’re asked to sign a statement.

Your signature could be interpreted as admitting fault, releasing the store of fault, or reaching a settlement. If you’re asked to sign anything, respectfully decline. Without the support of Silkman Law Firm Injury & Accident Lawyer, experienced slip and fall injury attorneys, you may end of signing something you’ll regret later.

And it’s easy to blame yourself for the accident. Maybe your shoes were wet. Maybe you were distracted as you were coming into the store. Never assume any responsibility for the accident.

There are many factors that could have played into your slip and fall injury, including…

  • Was there excess water on the floor at the time of your fall?
  • Had a mat been in place to absorb water?
  • Was there another substance causing the floor to be wet or slippery?
  • Was there a caution sign posted indicating a wet floor?

What to do about your slip and fall accident

Sometimes the smallest things can impact the success of pursuing your slip and fall accident injury case.

  • If a manager doesn’t come to you after your accident, make sure to notify them before you leave the store.
  • Keep the clothes and shoes you were wearing, as they may be important later.
  • Get contact information from witnesses.
  • Take pictures of the area where you fell so you can easily recount the events leading to your slip and fall.

After all of this, make seek medical assistance to get checked out and make sure what feels like a bump isn’t a sign of something more serious.

And honestly, even if you don’t have outward signs of injury, it’s important to get checked – many injuries can present their effects days or weeks after your fall.

Once you’ve started that process, then it’s time to contact us or call Silkman Law Firm Injury & Accident Lawyer at 602-535-5899, your personal injury attorney.

We will sort the details and get you compensation you deserve.

Author: Alex Silkman

Alex Silkman is the founder and managing member of Silkman Law Firm Injury & Accident Lawyer. He focuses exclusively on personal injury and wrongful death cases, with the goal of getting truly just results for accident victims and their families.