At some point in your slip and fall case, you and your attorney (if you've hired one) will send a demand letter to the other side -- whether that "other side" is a property owner, an insurance company, or an attorney representing the person or business that is liable for your accident. In this article, we'll provide a snapshot of what to include in your demand letter, then show you two variations of sample demand letters in a slip and fall case, to give you an idea of what your letter should look like.
A demand letter serves as the informal start to the settlement negotiation process, and in it you will spell out your side of the slip and fall case, including:
You should also include any documentation that supports your claim and the details you've set out. That includes any of the following records that might be relevant (and any more you can think of):
To help you get a better sense of what a demand letter might look like in a slip and fall case -- and to give you something of a template to follow in preparing your demand letter -- below you’ll find links to two different sample demand letters for two different kinds of slip and fall cases.
Sample Demand Letter – Slip and Fall on Commercial Property - This is a sample demand letter in a slip and fall case where the fall occurred on commercial property. The victim incurred "hard injuries" requiring surgery, underwent “nontraditional” medical treatment including acupuncture, and was expected to have a long recovery period.
Sample Demand Letter – Slip and Fall Down Stairs - Here is a sample demand letter after a slip and fall accident on a staircase in a department store. The victim of this accident suffered serious injuries (a broken elbow) which required surgery and extensive physical therapy. This case also involves long-term effects of the injury, including permanent loss of mobility.