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Should you document the scene of a slip-and-fall accident?

Like most Connecticut residents, you may be familiar with the advice to document the scene of a car accident that you were involved in, so law enforcement and insurance companies can determine who was responsible and begin the process of compensating you. However, you may be unclear on the steps to take if you are injured in an accident that did not involve motor vehicles, particularly in a slip-and-fall case.

Those who handle your slip-and-fall claim will want to know the specifics. Was the surface wet or slippery when you fell? Did the property owner take steps to prevent customers from falling on the premises, or did employees know about the danger but fail to do anything about it? The circumstances that were present at the time you were injured may have an impact on the outcome of your case, according to FindLaw.

For example, your insurance agent will be interested in knowing you were wearing sensible shoes in inclement weather, yet you still fell because there was a buildup of slush around a grocery store’s entrance. Likewise, the property owner may attempt to avoid responsibility by claiming you disregarded warning signs or were running when you fell. It may help to get statements from people who witnessed your fall. It can also be helpful to take pictures of the hazard that caused your fall, such as a floor mat that had folded up or a bottle of milk that had spilled in the middle of the grocery aisle. You may also consider bagging the shoes and clothing you were wearing when the accident occurred.

Keeping an accurate record of the circumstances surrounding your accident can be in your best interests. The information presented here should not replace the advice of a lawyer.

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