An accident can happen anywhere at any time. Slip and fall accidents, specifically, occur when someone is injured due to an unsafe condition on the floor, which causes them to fall and sustain serious injuries. If you happen to slip and fall on someone else’s property, the property owner may be at fault.
A property owner or property manager should always maintain the safety of their property. As a visitor, they owe you a duty of care. If a property owner fails to uphold certain safety standards or if a property owner is negligent in handling safety protocols, you may be entitled to compensation. Determining fault in a slip and fall accident will depend on the circumstances of the accident. If the property owner delayed in cleaning up a spill, or negligently left debris on the floor, knowing that someone could slip, they might be held at fault for contributing to the cause of your slipping. If the property owner, in any way, created a hazard or failed to address one, you may have grounds for filing a slip and fall lawsuit.
Filing a successful slip and fall claim can award you damages that cover the cost of your medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering. But the strength of your slip and fall case and determining who is at fault is contingent upon the evidence you collect, the extent of your injuries, and how soon you contact a lawyer for help.
What Evidence Can Be Used To Strengthen My Slip And Fall Case?
After any accident, the first thing you should do is seek medical care. It is important to have your injuries medically assessed, even if you think your injuries are not severe. Even minor injuries can cause medical hardship down the road, and if you fail to see a doctor right after your slip and fall, there might be no way of tying that injury back to the accident. Immediately going to the emergency room or scheduling a doctor’s visit is crucial for ensuring you are safe and healthy, and it’s an often-overlooked way to strengthen your slip and fall case.
In addition to seeking medical care right away, you should always collect evidence at the scene of an accident. Evidence can range from getting eyewitness testimonies to taking photos of the scene and anything you can think of in between. The more evidence, the better. Talk to anyone who watched your slip and fall happen. Get their first-hand account of the events, and be sure to take down their contact information for future reference. Take photos of what you slipped on or tripped over, as well as the general environment of the premises. Take photos of your injuries as well, as these will be helpful for demonstrating what happened before a judge. You will need to be able to prove that unsafe conditions existed on the property, and your evidence should seek to accomplish just that.
If you slipped and fell on ice outside of a grocery store, for example, even a newspaper clipping that confirms icy conditions on that date will be helpful to strengthen your case. If possible, talk to property owners about getting security camera footage from the day of the accident. The more evidence you have that demonstrates exactly how the accident happened, the stronger your case will be.
How Can A Lawyer Help Me Strengthen My Slip And Fall Case?
After a bad slip and fall, you have no obligation to contact an attorney. But without the help of an attorney, you may be at a disadvantage come your day in court. The only way to get compensation for a slip and fall is to file a successful premises liability claim, which is best executed with the help of a legal professional.
Liability is a legally enforceable claim on the assets of a business or property of an individual. Liability results from a breach of duty or obligation by act or failure to act. You should always contact a lawyer if you slip and fall on someone else’s property, as they can apply California state law to your case and help demonstrate the liability of the property owner. Without a lawyer’s help, you run the risk of missing out on compensation that can help you get your life back on track after your accident. It can be difficult to prove the property owners’ liability without the help of an attorney who understands this process.
Your lawyer will demonstrate before a judge that you deserve compensation for your medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering after your slip and fall. Your lawyer will liaise back and forth with your insurance company and the defendant’s insurance company, affording you time to heal your injuries without added stress.
Even if you are unsure who’s at fault in your slip and fall case, contact an attorney. At The Accident Network Law Group, your initial consultation is free. In fact, you pay no fees at all unless we win your case. If you are concerned about the strength of your slip and fall case, our attorneys are just a phone call away.
Schedule A Free Consultation With A California Premises Liability Lawyer To Strengthen Your Slip And Fall Case
After a bad accident, it can be difficult to recover. You should not have to be burned with paying medical bills while you’re away from work, at home nursing your injuries. The Accident Network Law Group is sympathetic to slip and fall victims, and is proud to be a resource for any California resident in need of legal guidance after an accident.
The amount of compensation you will receive after a slip and fall is directly tied to the strength of your case. The sooner you call an attorney, the sooner you can start building a strong premises liability case, which could earn you the compensation you rightfully deserve.
To schedule your free, no-obligation consultation, call The Accident Network Law Group today at (951) 291-0976 or send us an email at [email protected] We have law offices in Riverside and Costa Mesa, California. Remember, you pay no fees unless we win your case.