Handling Slip and Fall Cases
If you have been involved in a slip and fall accident, you may be feeling angered. Obtaining an injury from a fall can affect your daily activities. Here is some information about handling slip and fall cases from the attorney perspective.
Slip and fall accidents are one of the more difficult claims that an attorney can prosecute. The reason is that in effect you are saying that there was a dangerous condition that would or should’ve been obvious to the landowner that should’ve been corrected that caused a slip and fall and an injury. Unfortunately, the comeback to that point of view is if the defect or the problem was so obvious and so visible, why didn’t the person that was injured see it and avoid it?
Handling Slip and Fall Cases: First Steps After Incident
If you are involved in a slip and fall accident, there are several things that you need to do that are very important. The first thing you should do is ascertain on what you slipped and fell. Was it water? Was it coffee? What was the substance that you fell on? Was it a vegetable or a fruit in a supermarket perhaps? You want to discern on what you slipped and fell. Many times, we’ll handle slip and fall cases where the clients asked, “What did you slip and fall on?” “I don’t know.” “Was there any wetness on your clothes?” “I don’t remember.” “What kind of shoes were you wearing?” “I don’t remember,” or “I do remember, and I’ve worn them for the past year, and they’re totally worn out, and I’m about to throw them out.”
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Handling Slip and Fall Cases: Getting Evidence
If you’re involved in a slip and fall accident, you first want to, if possible, take photographs of the scene of the accident, and that can be done on your cellphone. We all have cellphones nowadays. You want to find out if there are any witnesses, and if there are, you want to get their names, addresses, and phone numbers. You want to give notice to the store or the property on which you fell. If there is a report that’s done, you want to get a copy of the report. Lastly and probably most importantly, you want to contact an attorney early on because they may need to get an expert involved to look at the information, to look at the property. There may be code violations. There may be, for example, faulty handrails. The steps may be unequal. They can be too small or too large according to applicable codes. For all these reasons, you’ll want to have an attorney assess the situation with expert opinions.
The Tampa Personal Injury Attorneys at Morgenstern and Herd have had years of handling slip and fall cases. Please call today to schedule a free consultation.