A slip and fall accident can cause injuries that interrupt your daily life and work, resulting in pain, suffering, and financial hardship. If you slipped on a wet surface at work or tripped over a hazard left out in a store, you may be wondering how complicated is proving a slip and fall accident took place.
Do I even have a case?
To prove that a person or business is responsible in a slip and fall case, you’ll have to provide proof of a breach of the duty of care. At Hoffman Law Firm, we’re here to guide you on gathering evidence to prove negligence and get you the compensation you deserve. Our experienced legal team can help you navigate your slip and fall case and fight for you in the courtroom.
Read on to learn more!
Gather Personal Information
When proving a slip and fall accident occurred, take a moment to address any injuries you may have endured, what caused the slip and fall, and if there were any witnesses. It is also very important to file a report with the business responsible for the property. Take a picture of anything you fill out before handing it in.
If there were any witnesses, gather their personal information, including name and phone number. This information will allow your attorney to contact witnesses while they are building your case.
Document the Scene
Gather as many photos and videos as possible of the area where your accident occurred. This includes the hazard that caused your slip and fall and the conditions of the area, whether it be poor lighting, cracked/uneven walking surface, unmaintained walkways, improperly stowed objects, or even loose wires or cords.
Also, take pictures of your injuries at the time of the accident, and before and after medical treatment. This will help you document your injury when it occurred, and as it heals with the help of medical attention.
Collect Physical Evidence
In addition to the photos and videos you took personally, note or take a picture of any security surveillance cameras in the area. This footage will provide direct evidence of your fall but may also give your legal team evidence of negligence that caused the hazard that led to your accident.
Seek Medical Attention
Even if your injuries seem minor, seek medical attention as soon as possible. This will provide medical records of your treatment and document your injuries. Keep a copy of your medical records and medical bills, as your medical expenses will be included in your accident claim.
It’s also important to keep a record of how your injuries affect your daily life. If you’ve missed work or struggle to perform regular daily habits, keep a running note or journal and talk to your doctor about these issues so they will be noted when seeking treatment.
If you miss work due to your injuries, be sure to keep any out-of-work notes from your doctor.
Contact Hoffman Law Firm Today!
Having evidence in a slip and fall case is important for proving an establishment or property owner’s breach of their duty of care. Our skilled team at Hoffman Law Firm is here to help you gather your evidence to build a strong case. We’ll fight for you, so you can focus on getting better.
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