Filing a police report after a slip and fall accident provides important information and can protect your rights in a claim.
Slip and fall accidents are an unfortunately common occurrence. When they happen, victims often feel embarrassed and blame themselves for the accident, while brushing off any injuries they may have sustained as minor. The reality is that slip and falls can leave you suffering serious and potentially disabling injuries, and it is often the negligent actions of property owners that are to blame. Filing a police report when these accidents occur ensures that important information about the incident is recorded and can help protect your rights to compensation in a personal injury claim.
According to the National Floor Safety Institute (NFSI), slips and falls are one of the most common types of personal injuries. Even a relatively minor fall can leave you suffering permanent disabilities that require ongoing care, with symptoms that may not occur for hours, days, or even weeks after the accident occurs.
One of the first steps you should take after a slip and fall is to notify security and the property owner or manager immediately. While they likely have their own incident reports to fill out, it is a smart idea to notify local law enforcement officials, as well. They can file an official police report detailing the following:
● Where and when the accident occurred;
● Information about the accident scene;
● The name and contact information for the property owner and manager;
● The names of any witnesses at the scene;
● A description of your injuries.
If for some reason the police are not called or do not arrive on the scene in time, you can still file a police report at your local police station afterwards. Be sure and get medical attention immediately as well, even if you think your injuries are minor. This can also impact your rights in a claim.
One of the many benefits of filing a police report after a slip and fall accident is that the report will be kept on file so that copies can be easily obtained. If you file a report with the Edinburg Police Department, these copies are available by mail or in person for a fee of $6.00. You will need to submit a copy to the property owner’s insurance company in order to settle your claim. If an appropriate settlement amount can not be reached, these reports can prove vital in seeking compensation through a personal injury lawsuit.
Slips and falls can have a long-term impact on your health and financial security. A police report can help protect your rights when filing a claim. However, before making any statements to insurance representatives or accepting any settlements, speak with attorney Raúl Guajardo first. He can help ensure that you get the amount you need to recover. Contact our Edinburg slip and fall accident attorney and request a consultation today.