Why You Need Evidence
The laws surrounding slip and fall cases are very clear. Basically, the property owner has an obligation to provide safe conditions for anyone who has been legally allowed on their property.
But despite that, insurance companies are in the business of making money, so they will do everything they can to not pay a claim. Also, because property owners themselves may not want their insurance rates to go up or refuse to get into a legal battle, they may go against you too. However, if you have all the evidence, it does not matter what they say or do—you will be able to get compensation for your injuries.
What Evidence Should I Collect?
After a slip and fall incident, you should always speak with a qualified personal injury attorney. They will help guide you through what evidence you need to gather for your particular case. However, there are some things that you always want to collect, including the following:
● Pictures of the scene of the accident
● Medical records for any injuries related to the slip and fall
● Police report of the accident
● The contact information of anyone who witnessed the accident
All of those are easy to collect by yourself. If you are in the hospital from your injuries, you can have someone you trust go to the scene and take pictures. Alternatively, when you file a police report, you can also ask the officers if they can take photographs of the scene. In most cases, they will.
Evidence Collected By Your Attorney
One of the benefits of working with an attorney is they have access to evidence that you can’t collect. During the claims process, they may get various types of evidence such as:
● Surveillance footage of the area of the slip and fall accident
● Maintenance reports of the facility and the area where you fell
● Expert testimony about the building and applicable safety regulations
● Any citations from the city, county, or state for unsafe conditions
● Previous reports concerning slip and falls and testimony from previous accident injury victims
● Statements from individuals who knew about the hazard
Attorneys have this access because they can issue subpoenas. All of this evidence can help build a stronger case for your claim.
Using Evidence To Prove Your Claim
Once all the evidence is collected, your attorney will begin to build your case. They will use the evidence to show that the property owner was negligent in their duty to keep you safe. They will show exactly what happened and how that led to your injuries. Then, they will help calculate a fair settlement to cover all your damages. The more evidence you have collected, the more likely you are to win your case.
Slip and fall cases can be legally complex, and collecting the right evidence can be challenging. Fortunately, the personal injury attorneys at All Injuries Law Firm are experts in slip and fall cases. They know exactly what evidence you need to prove your claim.
To get started, give us a call at 1-941-625-HURT. We will review your case and answer any questions you have about working with our team.