Evidence in a Slip and Fall Case
A slip and fall accident can result in serious injuries. Many people involved in this type of accident mistakenly believe that they are responsible for their injuries, but in most slip and fall accidents, negligence on the part of the property owner is to blame. Negligence can be challenging to prove, but strong evidence related to the accident can lead to compensation through a personal injury lawsuit.
Evidence Needed to Prove Negligence
The burden of proof that a property owner was negligent and therefore liable for injuries sustained in a slip and fall accident falls on the victim. Proving negligence is difficult, but an experienced personal injury lawyer can help victims gather evidence that clearly shows where liability belongs. The following types of evidence are vital to a successful slip and fall injury claim.
- Photos and Videos: In today’s world, there are cameras everywhere. Cell phones and video surveillance cameras can provide hard evidence of negligence. Victims of a slip and fall accident should immediately take pictures of the accident scene if possible, including the location of where the accident happened and the surrounding area. The management of the establishment where the accident occurred should be contacted so that video surveillance can be reviewed and saved.
- Witness Testimony: Contact information for witnesses at the scene should be documented. When available, a video recording of their testimony, or an emailed or handwritten account of what they witnessed is crucial evidence that can support claims of negligence.
- Medical and Emergency Bills: It is important to document any and all emergency or medical interventions related to a slip and fall injury. Hospital bills, doctor visits, physical therapy related to the injury, and prescription medication receipts are necessary to prove the severity of injuries. A personal doctor can also document a prognosis of recovery, including time and services that will be needed.
- Personal Effects of the Injury: A diary or log of instances that show how a slip and fall injury impacted the victim’s life is a valuable piece of evidence. Document any lost hours or days at work, social engagements that had to be cancelled, vacations that had to be postponed, and any interruptions to daily living, such as driving, grocery shopping, or personal care. All this evidence can prove pain and suffering associated with the slip and fall accident.
- Proof of Earnings: Be prepared to provide evidence of earnings. This can include tax statements, pay stubs, invoices, and other documents that show the financial consequences to the earning potential of the victim resulting from the slip and fall accident.
When to Contact a Personal Injury Lawyer
Slip and fall accidents can happen anywhere at any time, but when they are the result of negligence on the part of the property owner, victims are entitled to compensation. A qualified and experienced personal injury lawyer can ensure that victims receive the maximum amount of compensation available. Reimbursement for medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering related to the injury can help relieve the financial burden brought on by the slip and fall accident.
South Jersey Slip and Fall Lawyers at Williams Cedar Help Injured Victims Claim Compensation
If you have been injured in a slip and fall accident, call the South Jersey slip and fall lawyers at Williams Cedar at 215-557-0099 or 856-470-9777 or contact us online to schedule a consultation today. Our Philadelphia and Haddonfield, New Jersey offices serve clients in Cherry Hill and throughout South Jersey and Pennsylvania.