If you sustain injuries after slipping and falling on another person’s property or on public property, you are entitled to claim compensation under certain circumstances. Here are the basic elements that make up a slip and fall lawsuit.
Proving Fault in Slip and Fault Accident
Simply slipping and falling does not entitle you to compensation. You, however, need to prove the fault of the property owner for the presence of dangerous situation or hazard on the property. The property owner has certain duties in keeping the property safe, and breach of such duty amounts to negligence and fault.
The property owner is at fault when the accident is caused by a dangerous situation that was known, or should have been known, or was not fixed within a reasonable amount of time. Proving fault in slip and fall cases is not easy, and you need to gather all the evidence related to the accident, and hire a competent lawyer.
Gathering Evidence and Seeking Medical Treatment
You should try to gather evidence immediately after the accident, as things would be fresh and nobody would have tampered with the arrangement of things. The best thing to do would be to take photos of the place where the accident occurred and the main thing that caused you to slip and fall. If people were present, take down their contact details and ask them if they will be able to give testimony to what had occurred. Also, seek medical treatment for your injuries, since your medical records can provide the required proof that you were indeed injured.
Valuing the Compensation Amount
Precisely identifying and calculating the damages in a slip and fall case is usually difficult. All expenses and losses the victim has incurred due to the injuries will have to be reviewed. This will include medical costs, lost income, and any additional expenses for therapy and so on.