When you have a slip and fall
accident, it can be extremely disorienting. One moment you are walking along
and the next you are on the floor and in pain wondering what has just happened
to you. When your accident takes place
on property owned by another person or entity, you may be entitled to
compensation for your injuries. However,
to prove your case, you will need evidence.
Fault or Negligence
When you are trying to show that a property owner was negligent or at fault for your slip and fall, you will have to establish that a dangerous condition existed which the owner knew or should have known about. When the owner has actual knowledge, this means that they knew there was a dangerous condition and elected not to correct the problem or warn others. For instance, if there was a liquid chemical substance in a store parking area which caused someone to slip and fall which the owner knew about and did not remove or mark so others would notice it, this could be actual knowledge. The owner may also have constructive notice which means they should have known about the danger. For example, someone slipping on water leaking from a faulty pipe which the owner knew had been in disrepair and dripping in the area for months, could be constructive knowledge.
Evidence of Your Slip and Fall
After your fall it will be essential to gather as much information from the scene as possible. This may include obtaining surveillance video footage and obtaining lay and employee witness statements. You will also want to gather and keep records of your medical treatment for any injuries from the accident. A personal injury attorney can help you get the information and evidence you will need to present your case as well as investigate the condition and the owner’s actual or constructive notice.
If you or a loved one have been injured in a slip and fall accident, contact the experienced personal injury attorneys of the Draper Law Office at (407) 846-0075 to schedule a free consultation.