Slip and Fall Incident Report
In a car accident, you call 911, wait for the police to show up, and they will write a traffic collision report. This does not exist for a slip, trip, or fall injury. Instead, you should look for somebody at the location, such as a supervisor, to write up an incident report. Unlike a police report, you may write this report in its entirety or an employee will note down the fact. Even though it may not be from an unbiased source, it still makes a record of the incident. One of the most important things is to notify the management of the location as quickly after the injury fall as possible.
In the report, you should get the following down on the report regarding the fall:
- the date of the incident;
- the time of the incident;
- the exact location of the incident;
- the mechanics of the fall (i.e. which body part slip or trip, and which body part hit the ground first, second, etc.);
- and injuries.
As with car accidents, it is a good idea to take photos of the injury scene. Snap pictures with your cell phone of the deviation or substance that caused your fall, and the surrounding area. Plus take photos of your injuries and your shoes. These helps establish a record of the incident and shows that there was an issue in the walkway.
Additionally, you’ll want to discuss the incident with a personal injury attorney, especially if your injuries are severe. If the attorney takes your case, they will send an investigator to inspect the scene, take photos, measurements, and gather evidence as necessary.
Call Michael Beliz today at 562-452-3772 if you need to discuss a recent injury.