Whether you’re doing the mundane task of shopping for groceries or exploring a new store that recently opened, the last thing you expect is to end up injured with medical bills piling up after entering the location. Unfortunately, there are a number of injuries that can occur when in a retail location. However, many are unaware they can receive compensation for the damages they’ve endured due to the negligence of a store and its employees. The first step is to fill out an incident report immediately after the accident. Keep reading to learn more about what you should include and discover how an Ouachita Parish, Louisiana personal injury lawyer can help you.
What Is a Store Incident Report?
When someone is injured in a retail store, supermarket, or other business, the store will generally have the injured party fill out a report of the incident. This is important for a number of reasons, such as allowing the injured party to have documentation of their injury, allowing the company to investigate as a means of risk management, and can help hold the negligent parties responsible for their actions.
What Should I Include in the Report?
When you fill out the incident report, there will be sections in the document to guide you through the information you should provide. Be sure to include as much detail as possible.
You’ll also likely need to include your account of how the accident happened. Be sure to be as specific as possible, but avoid claiming any responsibility for the accident. Unfortunately, your words can be used against you, and anything your write may be shown as proof that you were negligent and do not deserve compensation. For example, apologizing for the incident may be twisted as you taking responsibility for the accident. Stick to the facts of the accident when completing the report.
It’s also important to include any witnesses who can attest to the incident. For example, if another shopper saw the accident happen, be sure to ask for their contact information to include on the document, as they can provide additional insight into the accident.
How Do I Get a Copy of the Document?
Before you leave the store, it’s imperative that you obtain a copy of the report. Unfortunately, some stores have been known to change the details in the document to avoid facing liability. As such, this can negate your claims of negligence.
Instead, you should request a photocopy of the document. If the store does not comply, be sure to take a photo of the file before leaving, as this can help prevent an owner or manager from editing the account of what happened.
If you’re looking to pursue damages as a result of a negligent store causing you to suffer injuries, you’ll want to contact Breithaupt, DuBos, & Wolleson as soon as possible. Our dedicated legal team is ready to help walk you through this complex process to fight for the compensation you deserve. Reach out today to connect with a member of our legal team.