What to Do if You Are in a Slip and Fall Accident
So, you are in someone else’s property and slip and fall, injuring yourself. What would you do, apart from seeking medical help? Would you take it forward legally with a slip & fall accident attorney and if so, how? Here’s a small guide to give you an idea of what steps you would need to take to win a slip and fall injury case.
One of the most important issues in a slip and fall case is liability. You would need to show that someone, in most cases, the owner of the property, is liable for the injuries caused to you. You would need to prove that the owner of a property or an employee of the owner knew the potential danger of a situation, ie, a pothole or poorly covered manhole, and did not take steps to repair the potentially hazardous condition. The question that comes up is whether the property owner had enough time and opportunity to correct the situation before the accident.
The injured should also be able to prove that the owner of a property or his/her employee caused the condition that led to the accident. This could be an obstacle deliberately placed along a path meant for walking, and is obvious for anyone that someone would trip over it and meet with an accident.
Negligence is another important factor, and the injured should be able to prove that obstacle was there for a long enough time and that the owner could have taken steps to remove it. Also, were there poor light conditions that caused the accident? Could steps such as warning signs or blocking access to the hazardous condition prevented the accident? These are questions that could come up in a personal injury law case.
As a plaintiff, you should be able to prove that you were not responsible for the accident by not watching your step. The property owner or his insurance firm could make an argument claiming you were careless or were in a spot you were not supposed to and you knew it. The law also determines if a property owner was ‘reasonable’, whether he/she made frequent and proper efforts to ensure the property was safe.
The amount of claim you can make is based on how severe your injuries are. When you seek medical attention, you should safeguard your bills and treatment procedures. You should also document everything about your accident; take photos of how things were when you slipped and fell, and of any changes or repairs made later. Also try to get witnesses who are willing to speak on your behalf. Each state has a different statute of limitations and you should understand what the time-frame is for you to file your lawsuit.
Hopefully, you will never be in a position in which you need the legal services of a Tampa Bay personal injury lawyer that specializes in slip & fall accidents and injuries, but in the event that you do, please give Hoag Law Firm a call or complete your online Free Case Evaluation. A free consultation can help you understand your rights. With honest advice and an experienced attorney at your side, you can recover the largest possible settlement and get back to living your life.