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Major Reasons for Filing an Accident Report After a Slip and Fall

Slip and fall accidents can result in serious injuries costing you both time and money. If someone else’s negligence was responsible for your slip and fall accident, you may be able to recover damages. However, this often proves difficult. For this reason, you should do everything that you can to build a strong case. One such thing is to file an accident report.

What Is an Accident Report?

An accident report for a slip and fall is similar to a police report after a car accident in that it serves as a record of what transpired. However, it is different from a police report because unlike a police report, which is written by the law enforcement officers on the scene, an accident report is filed by the person who was injured on the property. This report is generally a form that a business has created. However, if you fall on private property, you will likely be creating your own report. 

Major Reasons to File an Accident Report

Many times, you may be involved in an accident and believe that you are physically okay. However, you should still file an accident report even if this is the case. Oftentimes times injuries do not show themselves; sometimes they take days or even weeks to present. You may have suffered a neck, back, or traumatic brain injury (TBI) without even realizing it. 

  1. Create hard evidence of the accident. When you file an accident report immediately after you suffer a slip and fall, it services to document the fact that the accident transpired and will include details while they are still fresh in your mind. 
  2. Avoid disputes later on. By filing an accident report, you can avoid possible disputes that could occur. This way, the owner’s insurance company can’t deny the occurrence of the accident later on.
  3. Save contact information. When you file an accident report you will provide your contact information for the property/business owner and you may receive their insurance information. You will need this when you file your claim. It’s also important to document the contact information of anyone who witnessed your accident. This includes names and numbers.

When filling out the accident report, be sure to include the basic information. Also, ask for a copy of the report so that you can keep it for your records. If the owner/manager refuses to provide you with a copy of the report, take a picture on your own using your cell phone. 

The Attorneys at Rochelle McCullough Help Those in Dallas Who Have Been Injured in a Slip and Fall Accident

When you have been the victim of a slip and fall accident, you are often faced with handling the severe financial ramifications that accompany it, such as medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering. You should not be held responsible for someone else’s negligence. You may be entitled to compensation. Be sure to speak with a qualified Texas personal injury attorney as soon as possible. 

The lawyers at Rochelle McCullough help victims of slip and fall accidents to get their lives and their livelihood back on track. We will fight for your rights. To schedule a consultation, contact us today.