Slip and fall accidents are common, and they can be surprisingly serious. When you go about your business during the course of your day, the last thing you expect is to come away with an injury. When property owners, however, fail to adequately maintain their properties in reasonably safe condition, it can lead to dangerous slip and fall accidents.
If you’ve been injured in a slip and fall that was caused by a property or business owner’s negligence, obtaining a police report is in the best interest of both your case and your fullest financial recovery, as is working closely with an experienced Georgia personal injury attorney as soon as possible.
Your Slip and Fall Accident
If you’ve taken a fall due to a property or business manager or owner’s negligence, your injuries can be quite severe. While many people are embarrassed and blame their own clumsiness in these situations, other parties are often at fault for slip and fall accidents and injuries. When premises aren’t kept reasonably safe for customers or other visitors, accidents become far more likely, and receiving the medical care and financial support you need to recover fully from your injuries should be the top priority after a fall.
Slip and Fall Statistics
According to the National Floor Safety Institute (NFSI), slip and fall accidents are among the most common accidents, and the organization reports the following statistics:
- Falls lead to 8 million emergency room visits each year – and are the leading cause of such visits.
- Slip and falls make up 12 percent of total falls.
- Slip and falls are the number one cause of workers’ compensation claims.
- Floors and their coverings are responsible for more than 2 million falls each year.
Serious slip and fall accidents are far more common than you probably realize, and they can happen to you.
Obtaining a Police Report
If you’ve been injured in a slip and fall accident, the first order of business (after obtaining the necessary medical attention) is notifying security and/or the property manager at the location. The business in question should have its own protocols regarding the filing of incident reports, but the business is also naturally motivated to protect itself from liability, and its report is unlikely to adequately support your personal injury claim.
By calling the police and obtaining a police report, you help ensure that you’ll have all the necessary components for a successful claim, including:
- Official documentation about where and when the accident occurred
- An official report regarding the scene of the accident
- The property owner or manager’s contact information
- Witness statements and contact information
- Documentation of your injuries
You Need an Experienced Cumming Slip and Fall Attorney on Your Side
The dedicated Forsyth County slip and fall attorneys at Banks, Stubbs & McFarland have the experience and compassion to skillfully advocate for the compensation necessary to help you regain your health, well-being, and composure. Your claim is our priority, so please don’t hesitate to contact us online or call us at 770-887-1209 for more information today.