Slip and fall accidents are the number one cause of accident injuries at
businesses and other public spaces. However, those who pursue a slip and
fall accident claim often have difficulty with their cases. This is because
a slip and fall claim is about more than the fact that you slipped and
fell. These cases require the injured party to prove that that the property
owner was negligent by allowing some dangerous condition to exist on the
premises where the injury occurred.
personal injury attorneys with more 100 years of collective experience, we know that it is crucial
to quickly gather evidence if you want to win your slip and fall accident
case. However, many people fail to do this and end up losing their case.
In this blog, we explain what you need to do to win a
slip and fall case.
Evidence Used In Slip & Fall Cases
The evidence you use in your slip and fall case needs to establish that
the property owner more likely than not knew, or should have known, that
there was a safety hazard on their land. You must also prove that the
property owner failed to take appropriate action to remedy the dangerous
conditions on their
premises. People injured in a slip and fall that was caused by a property owner’s
negligence are entitled to seek compensation for the damages they sustained.
There are many forms of evidence that you can use to prove a property owner
didn’t take the necessary steps to prevent harm. These include:
Expert Witnesses: Experts can reconstruct the scene of your accident and can testify about
how slippery the floor was when your injury occurred. Building construction
professionals can also testify about any building code violations that
contributed to the accident. Additionally, medical professionals and vocational
experts can present testimony that reveals the extent and impact of the
injuries, as well as how your injuries are related to your lost income.
Pictures of the Accident Scene: If you, or someone who witnessed the accident, takes photos of the scene
and hazard that caused your injury, it can be used to substantiate your claims.
Eye Witness Testimony: Anyone who was around and witnessed your slip and fall can independently
corroborate the conditions and circumstances that led to the accident.
It is important to get witness statements as soon as possible, otherwise
a witness’ memory might fade and they will have difficulty recalling
Discovery Documents: You can obtain maintenance logs, inspection reports, safety manuals, employee
emails, and other documents from the property owner during discovery.
Documents like these can show deficiencies in property maintenance and
unaddressed safety issues, such as worn or buckling floors, hazards found
during inspections, or improper inspection and/or follow-up.
Local & National Building Codes: Building code violations can be used to establish that the property owner
did not meet the minimum safety requirements for their premises.
The more evidence you are able to gather, the stronger your claim will
be, ultimately improving your ability to secure a fair case result. Having
strong evidence on your side will benefit you when it’s time to
negotiate a settlement or present your case in court.
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When you choose Lurie, Ilchert, MacDonnell & Ryan LLP to represent
you, our attorneys will thoroughly investigate your accident and gather
the evidence you need to build a strong claim. With more than 100 years
of combined experience and a successful track record, we have the skills
and resources you need to obtain maximum compensation.
Contact our New York City slip and fall lawyers
to schedule your free case consultation with our friendly legal professionals.