SLIP AND FALL
Slip and fall accidents are a common occurrence. A wet floor, food littered on the ground at a market, or ice left on pavement. However, liability in these cases can be difficult to prove.
Accidents occurring on the property of another individual may give rise to a slip and fall claim if the owner can be proved negligent. Negligence is established by demonstrating that the owner of the property failed in their legal obligation to reasonably maintain a safe environment or post appropriate warning signs of a dangerous condition. Reasonable care is very much a measure of common sense.
What to do After a Slip and Fall Accident
Seek Medical Attention – Many clients believe they are fine until a day later when their entire body is in pain. Visiting a doctor or going to a hospital not only makes sure that you are okay, but also provides proof of injury when you decide to make a claim
Photograph the Scene – It may be difficult to take photographs at the scene of the accident, but almost every cellular phone has a camera. Photograph any warning signs, injuries, and the surface where you fell.
Find a Witness – Try and locate a witness who saw the accident and request their contact information. Later, this information can be used if there is a dispute on liability or if the case goes to trial.
Preserve Evidence – Contact an attorney immediately so they can request that any evidence be preserved. Many times cameras capture the incident but the owner of the premises destroys the video as a result of recording policies. If a letter from an attorney is sent, the owner cannot delete the evidence without consequences at trial.