Do I Need a Police Report in a Slip and Fall Accident?
Having a police report plays a key role in seeking compensation for slip and fall injuries.
When a slip and fall accident occurs, it is common for victims to be embarrassed and attempt to shrug off the incident and any pain or suffering they experience as a result. Unfortunately, the fact is that these injuries can end up requiring ongoing medical care and may result in permanent disabilities. Holding negligent property owners accountable is crucial in getting the compensation you need to recover, and having a detailed police report plays a key role in this process.
Slip and fall accidents are one of the most common causes of personal injuries. According to the National Floor Safety Institute (NFSI) , they send more than eight million people to hospital emergency rooms each year. Even a minor fall could leave you suffering severe muscle or tendon strains or sprains and head, back, or neck injuries. Symptoms of potentially serious conditions may take hours, days, or even weeks to appear, which is why it is important to not underestimate or downplay the incident in the immediate aftermath.
One of the first steps you should take after a slip or fall is to notify local law enforcement officials. While it may seem like overreacting, it is in your best interests. Having the police at the scene helps to protect your rights and ensures an impartial investigation. It also helps to ensure property owners are held accountable for failing to maintain their property or for not warning visitors that dangers exist.
When filing a police report, the responding officer will take your statement about the accident and the circumstances surrounding your injuries. This includes making note of any obstacles or hazards, such as:
● Wet or slippery floors;
● Uneven paving stones or flooring materials;
● Cluttered aisles and walkways;
● A lack of lighting or proper railings.
All of these conditions make slips and falls more likely to occur. The report will also include the name of the property owner as well as the contact information for any witnesses who may have seen the accident occur.
Under Tennessee Code Section 29-39-102 , you may be entitled to file a civil claim against the property owner, seeking reimbursement for your medical expenses and lost wages, along with compensation for your pain, suffering, and any future costs you incur. Having a police report on file in your case will go a long way in documenting evidence and substantiating your claims.
Do not underestimate the serious impacts a slip and fall accident can have on your health and well being, both now and in the years to come. To help ensure you get the compensation you need to recover, reach out and contact the law offices of Burch & Lockhart to request a consultation in our Manchester office today.