You are entitled to compensation for injuries you suffer in a slip and fall accident if the property or business owner’s negligence caused your fall. However, this type of claim is surprisingly difficult to prove.
You need to do everything you can to build a strong case if you want to obtain the maximum recovery in your settlement. One of your first steps should be to file an accident report right after your slip and fall accident.
What Is an Accident Report?
A slip and fall accident report is different than a police report prepared by the police after a car, motorcycle, or other types of motor vehicle accidents. You would prepare it yourself by either filling out an accident report form provided by a business or creating your own report if you were hurt on private property.
Three Reasons to File an Accident Report
You should file an accident report even if you do not believe you were hurt in your slip and fall accident. You may have suffered a hidden injury, such as a back, neck, or traumatic brain injury— but not realize it for days or longer when symptoms emerge. Here is why filing an accident report is important:
- Document your accident. By filing an accident report right after your fall, you document that you had a slip and fall accident and provide important details about it while the facts are fresh in your mind.
- Avoid disputes. You will avoid potential disputes with the negligent owner’s insurance company if you file an accident report immediately. Otherwise, they could dispute that your fall ever happened or may claim that your injuries were caused by another unrelated incident.
- Provide contact information. When you complete the accident report, you provide your contact information for the negligent property or business owner and their insurance company. The form may also give you the contact information for the insurance company, which you will need to file your claim. You should also include contact information for any witnesses to your fall.
You should stick to the basic facts when completing the accident form. Ask the owner for a copy of it for your records. If they refuse to give it to you, take a picture of the completed report with your cell phone camera.
Were you injured in a slip and fall accident in Roswell, Carlsbad, Artesia, or Southeast New Mexico? Our experienced personal injury lawyers can explain your options to you and help ensure that you receive all the compensation you deserve for your injuries. To find out more about how we can help you, call our Roswell office or fill out our online form to schedule your free consultation today.