The key to a winning case in court usually boils down to concrete evidence. The same applies to any slip and fall case which oftentimes requires solid evidence to secure proper compensation for the victim.
Scene of the Accident
The first step taken following a slip and fall accident should be to secure the health and well-being of the victim. It is important to assess the severity of the victim’s condition to determine whether an ambulance or ER visit is needed.
The second step should be documenting the scene of the accident with an extensive array of photographs capturing many different angles of the scene including:
- Uneven floors or surfaces
- Exposed construction work or materials
- Shoddy maintenance
- Poor lighting
The property manager may rush to repair the dangerous conditions which can ruin the evidence of the case unless they were captured at the scene of the accident.
The final piece of crucial evidence for the case is the photographs of the physical injuries. Everything from bruises, scratches, bleeding, swelling, etc; will help build your case in court.
The signs of the physical injuries may diminish over time, so be sure to capture them as soon as possible. Quality pictures will help demonstrate the severity of the injuries to the jury. Be sure to include pictures of your clothing as well.
Legal Assistance for your Slip and Fall Case
Slips, trips, and falls happen often and can occur in any number of places such as malls, department stores, grocery stores, restaurants, and other public areas with high traffic. According to OSHA, about 15% of slip and falls result in serious bodily harm or death. Those statistics increase drastically among the elderly.
Slip and fall cases are difficult to maneuver alone. Property managers are usually equipped with a team of lawyers ready to combat and disprove all claims. If you were involved in a slip and fall accident, contact an experienced attorney today.