October 10, 2019
If you are a victim of a slip-and-fall injury, there are probably many things going through your mind. How will I recover from my injuries? Is my workplace obligated to give me Paid Time Off? Most importantly, you are probably wondering what steps you may take to receive justice for your injury from the property owner.
In order to have a case against the property owner, you have to be able to show duty, breach, cause and harm.
1) Did the property owner have a duty to keep the property in condition to protect his or her guests from injury?
2) Did he or she fail to uphold, or breach, that duty?
3) Cause and the “but for” test. Would you have sustained these injuries but for the conditions of the property?
4) And finally, did the lack of care by the property owner cause you harm? If you can answer “yes” to all of these questions, you may succeed in your case.
Before anything else, make sure that you have tangible evidence of your injuries. Take pictures of your injuries and the section of property where it occurred. These should all be timestamped as well. The more evidence you have the stronger you case for monetary damages. Obtain the names and phone numbers of all witnesses, if any, because they may be asked to testify on your behalf. Do not forget to seek medical attention immediately. Your immediate health is of primary concern.
To start building your case, make sure you hire a knowledgeable attorney who has experience in the field of personal injury. Read reviews, ask for referrals and book a consultation with each attorney to discuss your case and other details, such as cost and schedule. It is very important that you and your attorney are on the same page, so make sure they have a full understanding of the facts before proceeding.
The injuries you suffer from a slip-and-fall accident are catastrophic, so do not add to them by facing financial debt from medical bills you should not have to pay. As long as you take the right steps to build your case and work with the right attorney, you should be in excellent shape to have a stress-free recovery.