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What Evidence Do I Need to Prove My Slip and Fall Case?

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What Causes Slip and Fall Accidents?

Slip-and-fall accidents are fairly common occurrences both in and out of the home. A property owner has a certain duty of care that they owe to their lawful visitors and guests. If you slip and fall at home, you may suffer injuries and need costly medical care. However, if that slip and fall happens elsewhere, it may be possible to prove that the property owners did not abide by their duty of care to their guests and that their negligence led to your unfortunate injuries.

Common causes for slip-and-fall accidents include:

  • Icy sidewalks can be challenging to spot for people walking outside, often resulting in unfortunate slips and falls.
  • Loose floorboards, such as wooden floors that are coming undone due to swelling wood, missing nails, or general disrepair. Similarly, loose carpeting needs to be replaced or otherwise tended to, or else risk tripping people walking upon it.
  • Mopped or waxed floors that have not dried can cause slips.
  • Nursing home neglect is responsible for a worrying percentage of slips, trips, and falls. Our elderly are typically among the most unstable walkers, and the flooring in nursing homes needs to reflect that with proper maintenance.
  • Potholes. While we tend to think of potholes in cement and asphalt as dangerous to automobiles, they can cause trip-and-fall accidents, too.
  • Staircases that have fallen into disrepair can cause a slip, trip, and fall accident capable of causing severe injuries.
  • Torn carpeting must be addressed, or it could easily lead to a trip-and-fall accident.
  • Weather conditions can cause the collection of moisture or slippery ice.
  • Wet floors, particularly slick linoleum floors, are responsible for a large percentage of slip-and-fall accidents.

What Are Common Fall Injuries?

We, as a culture, have made jokes about slip-and-fall accidents, mockingly quoting, ‘I’ve fallen, and I can’t get up!’ But these types of accidents, and their resulting injuries, are no joke. People can be seriously injured or even lose their lives in falls, especially if their slip or trip happens at a dangerous height or on the stairs.

Common injuries in slip-and-fall accidents include:

  • Back injuries.
  • Brain damage.
  • Broken bones.
  • Bruising.
  • Chronic pain.
  • Concussions.
  • Facial disfigurement.
  • Knee and ankle injuries.
  • Loss of hearing or loss of sight.
  • Neck injuries.
  • Paralysis.
  • Severe cuts and lacerations.
  • Shoulder injuries, including dislocated shoulders.
  • Spinal cord injuries.
  • Teeth damage and other dental injuries.
  • Traumatic brain injuries.
  • Whiplash.
  • Wrist and ankle injuries.

If you have suffered any of these or other severe injuries in a slip-and-fall accident, please immediately seek medical attention. After you are out of danger, please speak with a personal injury lawyer experienced in handling trip or slip-and-fall cases similar to yours.

Can You Pursue Compensation for Your Personal Injury Case?

If you’ve been injured in a slip-and-fall accident, you can pursue financial compensation with a strong personal injury case. In order to win your case, you must prove that the property owner’s or management’s actions were in some way responsible for your accident.

Injuries in slip-and-fall cases can be severe, and it is wrong to ask the injured victim to be on the hook for settling all their resulting expenses. With a successful personal injury case, you may reach a settlement that can lift some of the financial burden.

A successful personal injury claim could reward you with both economic and non-economic damages. Economic damages might include lost wages, medical expenses, physical therapy, and lost future income. Non-economic damages could consist of emotional anguish, pain and suffering, lost companionship, and diminished quality of life.

It is difficult to advocate for yourself in a legal setting while still recovering from your injuries. Please consider hiring professional legal help to guide you through the injury claim process. As your legal representation, your slip-and-fall lawyer will negotiate with the insurance companies and attempt to recover the maximum compensation for your case.

What Evidence is Typically Needed to Prove Your Personal Injury Claim?

In order to craft a successful slip-and-fall case, it is necessary to establish that the property owner or property management was in some way responsible for your accident. To prove negligence, you must show that they violated their duty of care via their actions or inaction.

Unfortunately, many people will try to con the system with false claims of slip-and-fall accidents to pursue a big settlement. Because of this, there is a high standard for proving negligence for a slip-and-fall accident case.

To prove negligence, you must typically show one of two things. You may show that the property owners created a hazardous environment and should’ve expected it to pose a threat to their guests. Or alternatively, you must attempt to show that the property owners should have foreseen the potential for injuries because of the deteriorating state of their environment.

For example, a store with a wet floor due to mopping or a spill should put up ‘Danger! Wet Floor’ signs to warn people of the foreseeable hazard. Failure to do so may be considered negligence.

For help proving your case, we strongly recommend that you speak with an attorney.

Schedule a Free Consultation with an Experienced Slip-and-Fall Attorney

If you or a loved one have been hurt (or worse, suffered a wrongful death) in a slip-and-fall accident, please contact our law firm. We offer a free consultation to prospective Las Vegas clients looking to understand their legal rights better.

Please contact a member of our legal team by calling our law offices at Call (702) 369-9696.