If you’ve been injured recently due to a slip and fall incident at a business, contact an attorney right away--you might be able to get compensation for your injuries. An attorney will be able to help you to figure out if you have a claim due to your injuries, and he or she will be able to guide you going forward on a claim.
After your slip and fall accident, the establishment may ask you to fill out an accident report form. You should do this, but it’s important to have your own accident report that you can keep for your own records. As soon as you possibly can, create your own using the same information from the slip and fall incident report that you filled out for the store.
How to Write a Slip and Fall Incident Report
A slip and fall incident report needs to include all the essential information about your accident. There are several accident report forms that you can find online.The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) requires that businesses have proper slip and fall incident reports readily available for you to fill out. Also, you can create your own or have one drafted by an attorney. You will usually need to have specific information for these forms, such as: dates, times, description of accident and injuries, names and contact information of witnesses, etc.
Take Photos of Your Injuries
In a slip-and-fall incident, photos are the best evidence. Luckily, nowadays the majority of people have smartphones with cameras. Take pictures of the hazard that caused the accident. If there is water or another solution on the floor, take pictures of the floor area.
Take pictures of your injuries. If possible, call your doctor’s office to make an appointment immediately. When you see your doctor, ask for medical records that connect your injury to the accident. Any helpful information from the photos and the medical records should be used in your accident report.
Inspect the Area Where You Fell
Slip and fall accidents happen because there was a hazard that you were not aware of. Because of this, it's a good idea to look around the area to pinpoint exactly what caused the slip and fall. This could be anything from a wet floor, a loose carpet, or food that was spilled.
You should write down specific details in the slip and fall incident report. This will help clarify what happened before, during and after the accident, as well as verifying how your injuries occurred. It can be used to help an attorney decide how to proceed with the case. It could also serve as evidence in court. It can be used to help an attorney decide how to proceed with the case. It could also serve as evidence in court.
Find Your Witnesses
Ask anyone who was in the vicinity of the incident to be a witness. Collect the first and last names, phone numbers and addresses of anyone who is willing to be a witness. While people who saw the accident are best, others in the area can testify on the hazard that caused the accident, along with your condition afterwards.
The names and contact info for these people should be used in your accident report. Give this information of witnesses to your attorney when you get one.
What To Include in Your Demand Letter
A demand letter is a letter that you write to your insurance company to negotiate a monetary settlement after an injury suffered from a slip-and-fall. These forms should have a certain amount of information to be successful. There are templates for this letter that can be found online.
In your letter, you should discuss:
- the details of the accident
- your injuries
- the reasons for the other party being at fault
- income losses
- medical treatment and costs
- any other losses
- the sum that you are requesting
- Environmental conditions (e.g. slippery floor, inadequate lighting, noise, etc.)
- Circumstances surrounding the accident (tasks, equipment, tools, etc.)
- Type of treatment needed for injuries
Why You Should Talk to An Attorney
If you are denied insurance, contact an attorney. He or she can help you to draft a letter that will be successful, or advise you on a new plan of action altogether.
It is crucial to contact an attorney right away if you are injured. This is important for many reasons. Witness testimony will be easiest to get and most accurate right after an accident. Any injuries will be able to be directly tied to the accident and will be fresh. Additionally, the business will not be likely to have a defense for the accident.
But the biggest reason is due to the statute of limitations, or SOL. This is the time that you have to file your claim. After this time is over, you may be banned from filing the claim. The SOL varies depending on state.
Nonetheless, if you have been injured in a slip and fall accident, you should contact a personal injury attorney immediately to determine whether or not you have a case.