After someone has filed a personal injury lawsuit against you, then you will need to seek legal counsel of your own. But instead of fighting the claim in court, you should consider coming to a settlement. A settlement should be reached, especially if you know that the accident was a direct product of your company’s negligence. By settling out of court, you can save money on attorney fees and court fees. Additionally, it will probably make the person suing you happy which is always good for your reputation.
If an accident does occur on your property, you should keep good records of the event. So make sure that you have all the paperwork in order, detailing the event. If the police were called, which they probably will have been, make sure to get a copy of the report. Also, if any footage of the accident exists, make sure that you preserve it. In some cases where fraud is at work, you will be able to prove it by using the footage from your security camera system. This is why you should always have proper surveillance inside and outside of your place of business. Once you have everything documented, you can then turn over your information to your lawyers.
If there were witnesses present during the accident, make sure that you have someone take down their information. While you don’t have the right to interview them, your lawyer may be able to. This can help prove that the accident was in fact not your fault. There are many people out there that try to commit fraud by faking a slip and fall accident. Having a witness's first-hand account just might help save your company thousands of dollars. This form of evidence gathering is often used by lawyers on both sides of a personal injury case and it could make or break the case depending on the findings.
As you can see, these are just a few tips that can help guide you through a personal injury claim. Remember that if you have clear indication that the accident was caused by your negligence, you should always seek to settle out of court. By doing so, you will preserve your reputation. On the other hand, if you suspect that fraud is at play, you should do something to protect the rights of your company. Also, don’t forget to keep good records and gather witness statements from the people around the accident scene.