When you are involved in a slip and fall accident, it can be a nightmare. Not only is it horribly embarrassing, people don’t realize just how bad and extensive the injuries can be. People have broken bones, suffered long-term back injuries and more. Getting well can take months or even years, and can be very expensive.
Knowing when you can file for compensation based on the accident being someone else’s fault is important in your road to recovery. Learn about slip and fall cases on water and snow, how these cases are handled, when you can file for compensation and how an injury lawsuit attorney can help.
Filing an injury case usually resides on premises law, but every accident isn’t the fault of the property owner. It’s important to understand the elements required to prove fault in this kind of accident so you can get compensated.
Negligence and Fault
Proving fault is a factor of proving negligence in the accident. Negligence refers to the basic duty of care we all have towards each other under the law. What this means is that when someone is on someone else’s property and they’re allowed to be there, the property owner or legal occupant has a responsibility to do what they can to protect the visitor’s well-being.
So, if you’re walking in a grocery store and the floor is wet they may be held responsible if there’s no wet floor sign. However, if the grocery store was not aware of the spill, it may be harder to prove they are at fault.
There are a number of key factors that come into play to prove negligence. One of the largest is the nature of the conditions—for example, has the area been wet for long enough that it should’ve been addressed? Other factors include statements from witnesses, any accident reports filed, your statement, paramedic and medical doctor’s reports, accident reports, maintenance contracts, photos and other physical evidence.
Injury Lawsuit Attorneys
Insurance companies will try all manner of tactics to avoid paying out, and only with an experienced injury lawsuit attorney can you make sure that your rights are protected and you get compensation for all the damages to which you’re entitled under the law. If you are in the Odessa area and have suffered a slip and fall accident, you’re not alone. Call Robert White, Attorney at Law, and get a free, no-obligation case review today!