Were you recently harmed in an accident at a food court? If so, your medical may not be your responsibility to pay for. If your accident was the result of someone else’s negligence (slippery floors, poor lighting, broken facilities, etc.) you may be eligible to file a personal injury claim.
Personal injury claims give people like you an opportunity to receive compensation for their injuries. Because the process of filing can be tricky, it is always smart to speak with a personal injury attorney to discuss your options.
However, you can get started now by writing a demand letter to the food court’s insurance company.
Demand letters are formally-prepared documents that demand compensation for your injuries. They include a detailed summary of the accident, a list of all injuries sustained, and copies of medical bills or other statements that support your claim.
It is very important that demand letters are properly organized, so they must be crafted carefully.
Food Court Accident Demand Letter
To ensure your demand letter is of the highest quality, use the sample letter below as a template when writing your own.
[Your City, State, and Zip Code]
[Name of the Claims Adjuster]
[Their Job Title]
Address of the Insurance Company]
[City, State, and Zip Code of the Insurance Company]
Re: Your Insured, [Name of the Defendant]
Claimant: [Your Full Legal Name]
Claim Number: (Only include this number if a claim number has already been assigned to you, and you have already been contacted about the matter.)
Date of Loss: [Date of Incident in which the Bus Accident Took Place]
Dear Mr./Mrs.[Name of Claims Adjuster],
In reference to the issue discussed on October 12, 2015, please accept this letter as my formal demand for compensation regarding the injuries sustained due to your insured, Antelope Valley Mall.
As previously mentioned, I was walking back to my seat with food when I was tripped by cleaning supplies left out in the open by the janitorial crew. The Antelope Valley Mall’s failure to keep their food court safe and properly train their staff to prevent these issues makes them negligent and, thus, responsible for my injuries, medical bills, and lost wages.
On the afternoon of July 31, 2015, I visited the food court within the Antelope Valley Mall with my wife and children. While my kids were playing on the toys, I went to Hot Dog on a Stick to buy us some lunch. As I was carrying my tray back to our table, I noticed some cleaning supplies left out in the open, which I tried to avoid. However, my foot caught on the raised handle of a mop and I tripped. The fall caused me to spill my food, hit my forehead on a metal dining chair, and badly injure my right arm.
After calling my wife to get help, I was driven to AV Hospital and seen by the doctor-in-residence, Dr. Laurie Winklestein. After a general examination and an X-ray, I was diagnosed with a broken ulna and received two stitches for my forehead wound. I was given [insert medication here] for the pain and ordered by Dr. Winklestein to rest for a week before returning to work.
Here are attached my medical bills, which further outline the cost of my treatment.
- AV Hospital: $310.00
- Dr. Laurie Winklestein: $349.00
- X-ray: $224.00
- Stitches and Head Treatment: $65.00
- Prescription Pain Medication: $180.00
- TOTAL: $1,128.00
During my week recovery, I lost $980.00 of salary wages. I was also prevented from working at my normal pace for the following 5 weeks as I had difficulty typing with my arm cast. It is for these reasons that I am demanding compensation in the amount of $6,000.
I hope to receive a timely response in no later than 30 days from the date of this correspondence.
[Your Name – printed]
Note: when demanding compensation, always ask for more money than is equalled by your medical bills and lost wages. If the claim goes to negotiation later on, then this helps ensure you will still receive fair compensation.
Seeking Help from an Attorney
Personal injury attorneys are the best resource to have when filing a claim. Their legal expertise, knowledge of the claims process, and negotiation abilities can make all the difference when fighting for your case.
If you would like to file a personal injury claim or have any questions about the process, speak with an attorney today.