Can I still report an injury if I left the store and it’s been an hour?

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Can I still report an injury if I left the store and it’s been an hour?

I slipped and fell inside a store about an hour ago. At the time I didn’t feel anything but I was super embarrassed and just wanted to leave. Now it seems like the shock wore off and I’m in all this pain and I would like to maybe go back and fill out an injury report in case I have an actual injury that costs me a bunch of money and I need to seek legal action. Can I go back and fill out a report if I already left the store and it’s been an hour?

Asked on October 27, 2018 under Personal Injury, New Hampshire


SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 4 years ago | Contributor

You can go back and ask to file a report--however, they don't have to take it (there is no law requiring realtors to take injury reports) or, if they do take it, do anything about it, now or later. What your recourse is, IF you suffer some serious injury or large costs (e.g. medical bills; lost wages from not being able to work), you could sue the store. Bear in mind that to win the lawsuit and get compensation, you would have to be able to prove in court that the store was at fault: for example, that there was a spill or puddle from a leak that they did not clean up despite having time/a chance to do so, and you slipped on it; or you tripped over a carelessly run extension cord or frayed carpet; etc. If the store was not a fault and didn't somehow negligently or carelessly cause to you fall, they would NOT be liable and you would not be owed compensation; there is no compensation when you fall through no fault of another person or business.

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