WHAT YOU SHOULD DO IMMEDIATELY AFTER SLIPPING AND FALLING AT A GROCERY STORE OR OTHER ESTABLISHMENTS
Tyson Mutrux: Hi, Tyson Mutrux with the Mutrux Law Firm. Today I’m discussing what you should do immediately after slipping and falling at a grocery store or other establishment. The number one thing, the first thing you need to do is identify what you slipped or tripped on. You want to take photographs of that right away. If it’s water in an aisle, you want to take photographs of that.
The next thing you want to do is you want to contact an employee or a store manager, preferably a store manager, and get any names of anyone that is actually working at that time because that’s very important for later on down the case if the case goes to trial. The next thing you want to do is you want to, any witnesses that were may be in the aisle that may have seen you fall to show that you fell on that specific substance or cause the fall because of that specific substance. And the last thing is you want to get the treatment you need right away. If you were injured that day, go get treatment that day because you don’t want to be accused of later on down the road, well, they were just faking it, contact an attorney and they were told to go get treatment then. So those are things you should do immediately after falling in an establishment.
WHY SLIP AND FALL CASES IN MISSOURI CAN SOMETIMES BE DIFFICULT TO PROVE
Tyson Mutrux: Hi, Tyson Mutrux with the Mutrux Law Firm. Today I’m discussing why slip and fall cases in Missouri can sometimes be difficult to prove. And the number one reason is that you’ve actually got to prove exactly what you slipped or tripped on. What happens sometimes if people get swept away in an ambulance, they don’t have a chance to take photographs of the scene or the substance and you lose that and you lose your case. So what you want to do is you want to give your cellphone to someone, have them take a picture before you leave so you’ll have that information.
What also makes it difficult is that you’ve got to show to the store head noticed or should have had noticed of the dangerous substance or dangerous condition so they could have fixed the problem. If you can’t prove that, you’re going to lose, an example of that might be, let’s say you’re running in a corner and a kid just dumped over a bottle of water and you slipped on it. Well, in that instance, the store did not notice of it, they couldn’t have cleaned it up. Now, even it been in the aisle for hour or two hours or three hours, well then obviously in that situation someone should have had cleaned up because they had plenty of notice.
And the last part is you better show approximate cause. You’ve got to show that whatever the substance was, it actually caused you to fall. Now that makes something like a mumbo jumbo but you actually have to prove that whatever you slipped or tripped on was the approximate cause of you falling and of your injuries.