Slip and Fall Lawsuits – What you need to knowTrusted Content
Legally reviewed by:Erik Abrahamson, J.D. March 06, 2018
Personal Injury cases like slip-and-falls are relatively easy to file but liability can be difficult to prove, especially when accidents are not clearly documented. Personal injury lawsuits fall into three broad categories: slip–and-fall where liquid, or some other slippery object causes someone to fall and become injured; trip-and-fall where pavement or pathways are uneven, broken or damaged and cause an individual to trip; and step-and-fall where holes, a ditch or low areas of flooring, pavement or soil cause someone to step awkwardly and fall.
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Property owners are required to maintain and repair their business or residence so visitors are not injured. If you are a victim of a slip and fall, you may be entitled to recover medical expenses, lost wages and potential earnings, or disability payments if you can prove that the owner of the property where the accident occurred is negligent. Following these tips can make the difference between being adequately compensated or walking away injured and empty-handed.
Don’t Forget the Details – Make sure to write down every detail concerning your slip and fall incident: What time of day did the accident occur? What were you wearing at the time of the incident? What were you doing? Is there anything you did to cause the accident? Was there a flooring defect, a tripping hazard, spilled liquid, or other object that caused your fall? In your opinion, was the accident caused by the property owner’s negligence?
Time is of the Essence – Before you leave the scene of a slip and fall accident, jot down everything that occurred: The time of the accident could determine liability. If the slip and fall occurred in broad daylight attorneys for the plaintiff might assert that you should have been able to see an obstacle in the floor and avoid falling; but if the accident occurred due to poor lighting, darkness or faded or missing safety markings your case may stand up in court. What kind of shoes were you wearing.
A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words – People say “a picture is worth a thousand words,” and in a slip and fall case nothing is more true. Immediately take a cell phone photo will show the date and provide an accurate real time photo of broken, wet, slippery, or damaged flooring that could have contributed to your fall.
Document Your Injuries – Be sure to document every doctor visit, every prescription and every time you receive physical therapy. The evidence of injury must be thoroughly documented so that, if awarded, compensation is based on fact and not fabrication. Keep all of your physical therapy appointment and document any physical changes to your injury or challenges.
Witness – At the time of the incident ask bystanders if they are willing to testify that they saw what happened to you. An eye witness can attest to your injury claim and collaborate your account of the slip and fall account for the attorneys. Your lawyer can interview and consult with witnesses to ensure the accuracy and reliability of their account.
Don’t Procrastinate – After a slip and fall injury delaying a doctor visit could jeopardize your claim. If you’ve been injured visit the emergency room or doctor’s office as soon as possible and get checked out. If left untreated, a bump on the head, a bruise or a sprain can cause more complications or mask a more serious injury. Again, document the injury as soon as possible to help build a case against a negligent property owner.
Tell the Truth – If the property owner’s attorney wants to interview you in a deposition, don’t be intimidated. Review and refresh your memory of the slip and fall incident to the best of your ability, tell the truth and take your time answering questions accurately. Attorneys will be looking for consistency in your testimony.
If you have been injured due to the negligence of another in a slip and fall incident, contact our Slip and Fall Attorneys for a free case evaluation, with no obligation. We are available 24/7, call +1-855-293-5630 today