Winning a Slip and Fall Case
If you are injured in a slip and fall accident, the owner of the property where you were hurt may be liable for your injuries. However, in order to win a slip and fall case, you need to be able to prove several points.
First, you need to show that a dangerous condition on the owner’s property is what caused your slip and fall accident. A photograph of the condition is a very effective way of doing this. Also, witnesses to the accident can testify about what happened. Even if witnesses did not actually see your accident, they can provide testimony about the general conditions that led to the injury, such as poor lighting.
In addition to showing that the dangerous condition caused your injury, you need to tie that condition to the property owner. You need to be able to show that the owner caused the condition, knew of the condition but did not try to remedy it, or should have known of the problem.
You also need to be able to prove that the accident caused you to suffer injuries. You should see a doctor immediately after your accident. The doctor’s medical report should be adequate proof that the injury resulted from the accident. A police report can also be helpful.
In order to recover damages after a slip and fall injury, you need to be able to show your losses. This is easy enough for expenses related to your injury – be sure to keep all of your receipts and bank statements. You may also need to testify (and have others testify) about your pain, suffering, and other subjective effects the injury had on you.
Finally, in some cases you will need to have an expert witness, especially if the condition which caused the accident is not obvious. An expert witness can evaluate the condition and testify about what caused you to slip and fall, based on the expert’s training, education, and experience.
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Last Modified: 08-15-2012 03:37 PM PDT