Most personal injury cases especially slip and fall injuries are settled out of court. This is because trials are expensive and a jury verdict can be unpredictable. Secondly, many courts consider slip and fall cases to be frivolous, and unless the case is strong, the victim is not likely to obtain any compensation. If you have sustained a slip and fall injury, here are some tips for strengthening your case.
Call in the Experts
You will need the help of an experienced lawyer who specializes in personal injury cases. Such a lawyer will be able to evaluate your case and give you an idea about how much compensation you can expect. Secondly, you will also need to call in your doctor for establishing that the fall has caused your injuries.
Proving the Accused was Aware of the Dangerous Condition
The existence of the dangerous condition on a property can be easily proved with photos of the hazard. However, it is much more difficult to prove that such a condition was known by the owner of the property. Here are certain ways of proving the accused knew about the dangerous condition:
- Acquire a sworn testimony from another person present at the scene, which states that the dangerous condition existed.
- Footage of the surveillance video will have a time stamp and hence it will reveal the duration of the existence of the dangerous condition. If you have slipped and fallen in a place where there is a surveillance camera then ask for the copy of the tape immediately, since certain stores have cameras that record in a loop and erase the earlier content after a certain amount of time has elapsed.
- Request for and take a copy of the incident report. Many sizeable and respectable establishments will take incident reports, which will mention what occurred, how it occurred, and who the witness(es) to the incident were.