4. Did any one else see the fall? If so, take a statement from them. Record this in a special report and get their names, addresses and phone numbers.
5. Record the time and location of the fall. Pay special attention to the weather conditions — was it raining, snowy?
6. Did you notice how the victim walked? Did he or she stumble or appear as if they were under the influence of alcohol or drugs? If possible record the victim's behavior and how he/she walked or ran before the fall.
7. If you have a camera, take pictures of the victim and the area where the accident took place.
8. Fill out an accident report and do not leave out any detail. Use additional sheets of paper if necessary.
Following the above suggestions will help considerably when involved in a slip/fall case. Your attorney will love you for it.
One Final Word
The legislation and rules concerning COF and slip/fall can and probably will change. It is a good idea to consult with an expert in slip/fall and to keep up to date with any new rule, law or recommendation that may sneak up.
Coefficient Of Friction
Slip resistance is measured by the ratio of forces required to move one surface over the other under a given vertical force. In other words, it takes two surfaces to determine slip resistance. The floor tile is one surface and the bottom of one's shoe is the other surface. This ratio is what we call the coefficient of friction (COF).