Winning a Slip and Fall Case
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What Do I Have to Prove to Win a Slip and Fall Case?
If you are injured in a slip and fall accident, the owner of the property may be liable for your injuries. In order to win a slip and fall case, you need to be able to prove several points.
1) Dangerous Condition
You need to show that there was a dangerous condition on the owner’s property and that it caused your slip and fall accident.
A photograph of the condition is an effective way of doing this. Also, witnesses to the accident can testify about what happened. Witnesses that did not see your accident can still provide testimony about the general conditions of the property.
2) Fault of the Owner
You also need to prove that the property owner was responsible for the dangerous condition that caused your injury.
Proof can be evidence that the property owner knew of the condition, but did not try to fix it, or should have known about the problem.
You need 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.
4) Losses Due to Injury
In order to recover damages after a slip and fall injury, you need to be able to show your losses. This is easy for expenses related to your injury –keep all of your receipts and bank statements. There are two types of damages for personal injury cases:
In some cases you will need to have an expert witness, especially if the injury caused by the accident is not obvious. Based on the expert’s training and education, he/she can testify about what caused you to slip and fall.
Should I Contact an Attorney?
If you are a victim of a slip and fall accident make sure to contact an experienced personal injury lawyer who can prove the points above and win your case.
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Last Modified: 10-13-2014 04:06 PM PDT
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