Strictly speaking, there is no requirement to file a police report in a slip and fall accident unless certain damages occur, or a potential crime occurred. For instance, if you damage property equal or greater than $500 in value, filing a police report is required. It will also help your case to have that information recorded if you are pursuing compensation for damages. Similarly, if your slip and fall accident happened as the result of an assault, a police report of the attack is required.
There are other actions you should take that will support a potential claim for compensation. Capturing details that show what happened will often suffice when you are filing a claim against the owner of the premises where the slip and fall occurred.
Report the Slip and Fall to the owner of the Premises
Make sure to report your slip and fall accident to the owner of the premises. Depending on the type of premises, you may not be able to speak to the owner directly. In all cases, ask to speak to the highest-ranking member of staff.
Make sure that there is a record of the incident but avoid providing too much detail to the property owner. If the accident happened on public property, contact the city to find out who is responsible for maintaining the premises or property and report the incident to the relevant entity.
Gather Witness Details
If your slip and fall accident occurred in the view of eyewitnesses, make sure to gather their contact information. Eyewitnesses may provide valuable support if you are seeking compensation in a slip and fall accident. Contact a reputable lawyer if you have suffered injuries in a slip and fall accident. H. Lehman Franklin P.C. can provide support and representation.
Take Pictures at the Scene
Slip and fall accidents are often caused by a foreseeable hazard. If this is the case in your slip and fall accident, you may have a strong case for compensation – if there is evidence to support your claim. Take plenty of pictures at the scene of your slip and fall accident. Exercise caution around potential hazards while taking pictures from every angle possible.
You are legally entitled to take pictures at the scene of your slip and fall accident to support your version of events. However, certain premises may have prohibitions which bar photography for security or legal reasons. Contact a personal injury lawyer for advice if the owner of the premises prevents you from capturing photographic evidence.
Seek Medical Attention
It is important to seek medical attention if you have had a slip and fall accident. Make sure to tell your doctor or other medical professional how the injuries occurred. Consistency in these details is important if you are filing an insurance claim. A personal injury lawyer can provide further support and recording medical treatments and costs. If would like legal advice after a slip and fall accident, reach out to H. Lehman Franklin P.C. today. You can call on 912-764-9616 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.