A slip and fall injury may not seem like a very big deal, but the reality is that injuries of this nature can lead to tremendous medical expenses. The first reaction of many people who slip and fall on another person’s property is to get up and leave as soon as possible. Usually, slip and fall victims are embarrassed by the situation. However, please understand that if a slip and fall incident is caused by the careless or negligent actions of a property owner, victims could be entitled to compensation. Here, the Charlotte slip and fall attorneys at Price, Petho & Associates want to discuss how much evidence you need to prove a slip and fall case in court.
The Proof Necessary For A Successful Slip And Fall Case
According to data available from the National Floor Safety Institute, slip and fall incidents account for more than one million visits to the emergency room each year, or about 12% of total falls annually across the country. Injuries from slip and fall incidents vary widely, and can include:
- Broken or dislocated bones
- Severe strains or sprains
- Severe lacerations or puncture wounds
- Neck and back injuries, including whiplash
- Severe bruising
- and more
However, it can be difficult for victims in these cases to prove that the slip and fall incident was caused by the negligence of a property owner or another employee. First, it is incredibly important that a slip and fall victim report the injury to an employee or supervisor immediately. This establishes immediate documentation that something has happened.
If the injuries are severe, make sure that somebody calls 911. Even if a victim does not need emergency medical assistance, they need to let a doctor evaluate them as soon as possible. Not only does this ensure the victim’s well-being, but it also establishes a link between the incident and the injuries.
There are other forms of evidence that a slip and fall victim or their attorney can work to gather to bolster their case against the property owner. This includes any available video surveillance. While a property owner or operator may be reluctant to turn this information over, an attorney can work to get a court order to obtain this data.
If there were any eyewitnesses to the slip and fall accident, victims need to get the names and contact information of these individuals. While a property owner or operator could clean up or remedy the causes of the slip and fall, eyewitnesses will be able to provide their account of the dangerous condition that caused the injuries.
Let Us Help With Your Charlotte Slip And Fall Case?
If you or somebody you care about has sustained a slip and fall injury on another person’s property, contact an attorney about your case as soon as possible. At Price, Petho & Associates, our team is going to conduct a full investigation into your case in order to provide the evidence necessary to prove liability. We want to ensure you receive compensation for your medical bills, any lost wages, pain and suffering damages, and more. When you need a Charlotte slip and fall accident attorney, you can contact us for a free consultation of your case by clicking here or calling (704) 850-6322.