Have you been injured? If you slipped and fell in someone's home, at a place of business, or somewhere else through no fault of your own, then you deserve justice. If someone else was directly responsible for your fall, that person should have to pay for pain, suffering, medical bills, lost wages, and other expenses related to the accident. Before you talk with a lawyer and open up a slip-and-fall case, however, there are a few helpful tips to know. These tips, if followed, can greatly increase the chances of a successful case or settlement.
Foreign Substance Falls
If you have been involved in a "foreign substance" fall, meaning that you slipped and fell due to the presence of a liquid or some other material that should not have been in your path, then you definitely have a potentially viable case on your hands.
Common foreign substance falls are often the result of
- Carelessly placed objects
- Cleaning substances or sprays
Make sure you are clear on what, exactly, caused your fall and if there were any warning signs about the substance being present and dangerous. Whenever possible, it's also best to have a photo of the conditions that led to the fall. If it's too late for that, however, as long as you tell your story clearly and accurately and have proof of your injuries, your case may still be successful.
The Dangers of Distractedness
As mentioned, it is important that you yourself were not to blame for the slip and fall in any way, shape, or form.
If it can be proven that you were distracted through your own volition and thus did not notice the hazard in front of you, you could lose your case. Common distractions are things like talking or texting on a cell phone or being preoccupied by caring for children.
It can be difficult to prove a person was distracted, however, so unless there are eyewitness testimonies or you're on tape looking distracted, you could still win your case.
Gather Your Own Witnesses
Because the defense may try and seek out witnesses to vouch for its side of the story, you should do the same. Hopefully, people gave statements when the event occurred or at least exchanged their contact information with you.
If that didn't happen, however, the very least you can do is to gather testimony from those close to you who can attest to how severely the accident has impacted your health and well-being.
As you can see, there are never any guarantees when it comes to slip-and-fall cases, but if you are honest and keep this helpful information in mind, there's a good chance things might just go in your favor. Seek out an accident attorney for assistance.Share