Slip and fall accidents are very common. Wet floors, spilled food at a market, or ice left on the pavement are common causes of slip and fall accidents. However, the liability in these cases can be very difficult to prove.
When an accident occurs on another individual’s property, it may give rise to a slip and fall claim if the attorney is able to prove that the owner was negligent. Negligence can be established by proving that the property owner failed to keep their legal obligation to reasonably maintain a safe environment or post warning signs of a dangerous condition. Taking reasonable care is a measure of common sense.
What to do After a Slip and Fall Accident
- Photograph the Scene – Taking photographs at the scene of the accident may be difficult, but almost all cellular phones have a camera. Take photographs of any warning signs, injuries, and the surface where you fell.
- Seek Medical Attention – Many clients think that they are not injured until a day after an accident when suddenly their entire body is in pain. A doctor visit or hospital visit not only makes sure that you are okay, but also provides proof of the injury when you decide to make a claim
- Find a Witness – Try and find a witness who saw the accident happen and request their contact information. Later on, this information can be used if there is a liability dispute or if the case goes to trial.
- Preserve Evidence – Contact an attorney immediately so that they can try and request that any evidence be preserved. Oftentimes, cameras capture a slip and fall incident but the owner of the premises destroys the video as a result of recording policies. If an attorney sends a timely letter, the owner cannot delete or destroy the evidence without facing consequences at trial.
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