Before you get the injury claim process started after a slip-and-fall on someone else’s property, take a look at these frequently asked questions.
Q: Does an accident report have to be filled out at the time of the fall?
- A: If you fall in a store or on other property where it’s common practice for the business to generate a report, then by all means, make sure an accident report is completed at the time of the incident. You don’t need to sign anything or give any lengthy statements (in fact, you shouldn’t), just have the business note what happened, who witnessed it, and any other relevant information. Make sure you get a copy of the report.If a report is not prepared at the business, or if your fall occurred on private property, it’s a good idea to compile your own record of what happened. Be sure to include information such as:
- a complete description of the circumstances leading up to the fall, including the condition of the ground or floor, presence of any debris or objects, etc.
- what you felt, saw, and heard at the time of the fall
- who was present, and
- any comments made by those who saw or helped after the fall
If possible, take photos of the area where you fell. If you were hurt, get prompt medical attention and be sure to hang on to any records and bills related to your treatment.