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How to document evidence after a slip and fall

On Behalf of | May 28, 2024 | Personal Injury

Slip and fall accidents can happen unexpectedly, leading to injuries that may have significant consequences. Gathering information after such an incident is important for protecting your rights and ensuring a fair resolution.

Knowing how to document evidence of a slip and fall is key to providing documentation to submit in future legal proceedings.

Take photographs of the scene

Immediately after a slip and fall, take clear photographs of the scene. Capture the hazard that caused your fall, such as a wet floor, icy pavement or uneven surface. Ensure the photos show the entire area from different angles to provide a complete view of the conditions.

Gather witness statements

If there were witnesses to your slip and fall, ask for their contact information and a brief statement. Witnesses can provide important details that support your account of the incident. Make sure to write down their names, phone numbers and addresses.

Report the incident

Notify the property owner or manager about the slip and fall. Request an incident report and fill it out with as much detail as possible. Keep a copy of this report for your records. This report creates an official record of your accident.

Seek medical attention

Visit a doctor immediately after your fall, even if you think you are not injured. Some injuries may not be apparent right away. Medical records provide the needed documentation of any injuries related to the slip and fall.

Keep a journal

Write down your recollection of the slip and fall as soon as possible. Include the date, time and location of the incident. Describe what you were doing before you fell, how the fall happened, and how you felt afterward. Continue to record any symptoms or medical treatments you receive.

Preserve physical evidence

If your clothing or personal items were damaged in the incident, keep them as evidence. Do not wash or repair them. These items can help demonstrate the severity of the fall and the conditions at the scene.

Collect maintenance records

Request maintenance and inspection records for the area where you fell. These records can show if the property owner took proper care to prevent hazards. They may also reveal a history of neglect or similar incidents.

By taking prompt and thorough steps, you can gather the necessary evidence to support your case effectively.