What You Need to Document for a Successful Slip and Fall Claim
Everyone has experienced an embarrassing episode where they trip over their own feet or accidentally walk into a wall. However, not all slip and fall accidents are the fault of the victim. In some cases, negligent maintenance, improper care, and poor construction can cause an innocent visitor or customer to wind up flat on his back. In these cases, the victim may have a case against the premises for his injury, but should be careful to properly document the incident.
Documenting Your Incident for a Strong Claim
In order to prove liability in your accident, it is extremely important to document every aspect of the incident. You will need to show exactly what happened and who is responsible. In addition to supporting your claim, proper incident documentation can be used by OSHA, health departments, and store safety inspectors to investigate safety standards. Therefore, even if an official tells you that there is no need to file any paperwork, always insist on filling out an incident report if you are injured on someone else's property.
Incident reports should always include the following information:
- Date and time of accident
- Location and description of incident
- Weather conditions: rain, snow, ice, etc.
- Walking surface conditions: slippery, cracked, uneven, etc.
- Lighting conditions: burned out lightbulbs, etc.
- Photographs of the scene
- Location of caution signs, if any
- Witness statements
- Description of injury
- Medical documentation of treatment received
The Responsibility, Justice, and Compensation You Need
Remember, although they may be in the wrong, most owners will not take responsibility for accidents. They’d rather take their chances that you won’t pursue a claim. Make sure you disappoint them by contacting us today. If you were injured in a fall that could have been prevented, we can help make sure you get the settlement you deserve while the property owners take responsibility for their negligence. Call (314) 241-2500 now.