Posted on February 28, 2018
Every year, thousands upon thousands of Americans fall in slip and fall accidents. Showing physical evidence is one of the best ways to retain your rights when you are attempting to compensate for injuries in any personal injury case. When you think of a slip and fall accident, you may think of somebody who slips on a substance inside a store because there were no signs pointing to the adverse condition. However, these accidents happen for a variety of reasons: from slipping on snow or ice on the walkway to a business to trips that occur on stairs when the fabric is loose, and more. Today we will discuss the many ways that you can preserve evidence so that you can move forward with your slip and fall claim.
Showing Physical Evidence in Your Slip and Fall
Ice, Snow, and Other Substances: Business owners know that they must do anything and everything to keep their property safe from all harm. This means that, if it just snowed, they should be constantly looking out for those who could be using slippery walkways or steps as they approach a business. It is the owner’s duty to clean up outside a business. The same can be said for the inside of a property, as business owners are supposed to be aware of any adverse conditions inside a building and do what it takes to correct the problem before somebody sustains serious injuries.
If you have been injured in a slip and fall on any of these conditions on a property, you may have a right to compensation. Many of these accidents lead to injuries like broken bones, traumatic brain injuries, strains, and dislocations. When you fall, anything can happen because you never know how you will land. This is why it is always important to preserve as much of the accident scene as possible so that you have evidence when you are moving forward with your claim.
In these cases, what they say is that a picture is worth a thousand words. You want to show proof of what you slipped on before somebody comes along and cleans up the condition. This is why, if you have a camera or a phone handy, you should snap a picture of the adverse condition if it is possible. Speak to witnesses on the scene, as somebody may have noticed the same condition hours before but nothing was done about it. If there were no warning signs, you shouldn’t have reasonably known that there was an adverse condition, and liability lies with the property owner.
Falls on Stairs: Another common type of slip and fall accident is one that takes place on stairs. In these cases, you also want to snap photographs of the scene. You may want to show that a staircase had no handrails, steps that were not deep enough, and many other conditions that led to your accident. Perhaps somebody spilled something all over the stairs or there was ice covering them even when a business is open.
In these cases, if a business owner should have reasonably known about a condition, it should have been cared for to prevent injuries. As you work toward the compensation you deserve, turn to an accident attorney who can help you every step of the way. At Accident Law Group, we have what it takes to help you litigate or settle your case and get everything out of it that you deserve. Call us today for more information at 602-262-4254.