Actions to Take that Can Help a Case
Documenting your slip and fall accident is probably something most people do not think about. When you are seriously injured and in pain, filing a lawsuit may be the furthest thing from your mind. However, there are actions you can take that would help your case, should you decide to pursue a lawsuit.
Documenting Your Slip and Fall Accident Through Reports
Not all property owners have forms to fill out. However, if you want to file a claim against a government entity, such as New York City, the NYC Comptroller has a personal injury claim form. As the form states, you must file the form in person or by registered or certified mail within 90 days of the slip and fall accident. Also, it must be notarized. If the claim does not resolve within one year and 90 days from the accident date, you must start a legal action to preserve your rights. If you have questions about the form, one of our lawyers can assist you as well as represent you in the claim.
Businesses may or may not have forms to fill out. Some companies might have forms that their insurance companies provide. Even if there is no form, you should immediately report the accident to a manager.
What Kind of Information Should You Document About Your Slip and Fall Accident?
The following information is important for a personal injury claim:
- The date, time and location of the accident
- A description of your injuries (take photos)
- Names and contact information of any witnesses
- A description of the accident (take pictures of the accident site)
- Information about lighting, hazards or weather conditions
After seeking medical treatment, you should contact a personal injury attorney as soon as possible. Consultations are free to evaluate your case. Also, there are no out-of-pocket expenses for slip and fall accident cases. Attorney fees are a portion of the compensation recovered.