Q: How Do I Report a Slip and Fall Accident?
To report a slip and fall, take the following steps:
- Determine which party to notify of the slip and fall
- File an incident report
Where Do I File a Slip and Fall Report?
The first step to filing a report after a slip and fall is determining with which party to file the report. You will file your report with the person or company that owns the property where your fall occurred. For example:
If your accident occurred on private property (e.g., at a friend’s house), you would report your accident to the homeowner, tenant and/or landlord.
If your accident occurred on commercial property (e.g., at a store), you would report your accident to the store owner, store manager, or facility manager.
- If your accident occurred on public property (e.g., a government-owned property), you will likely have to report the incident to the city or town where the incident happened.
How Do I File a Slip and Fall Report?
Once you determine the party to which you should report your slip and fall, you will need to notify that party of your accident and file a report to document the incident. If your accident occurred on public or commercial property, the property owner or manager might ask you to fill out an incident reporting form.
As you fill out your report, consider these helpful tips:
- Be accurate – Insurers and property owners will look for inconsistencies in your story. Make sure you do not exaggerate or lie in your report.
- File your report ASAP – Insurers and property owners will use the fact that you did not report the incident immediately as proof that the accident did not occur or proof that you did not have any injuries.
- Get a copy – Make sure to get a copy of any report you file, as it may be evidence later on.
If they do not ask you to fill out an incident report or if the accident occurred at a private residence, document that you informed the property owner or manager of the slip and fall. Ideally, you should bring someone with you to witness your report. Be sure to write down the following:
- Your name
- Date of the accident
- Date you reported the accident
- Name of person who received the report
- Location at which you reported the accident
- What you slipped on (e.g., water, oil, etc.)
- Who witnessed the accident
- Your injuries and symptoms
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