When you get hurt after slipping and falling, you can file a lawsuit against them claiming negligence. This does not, however, guarantee that you will be compensated for things such as medical bills and lost wages. You will need to have a strong case that is well-researched and entails plenty of evidence to be compensated.
A good slip and fall lawsuit should be able to prove beyond any reasonable doubt that the cause of your injury was as a result of the negligence of the property owner. To prove your case, you need several things and below are the things important to have to be successful in your slip and fall lawsuit.
To win your slip and fall lawsuit, you will need to have as much evidence as possible. The best proof is documenting the fall. This documentation should include all defects in the place you fell which can include broken sidewalks, poor lighting or, damaged stairs. You also need to include the date, time, and weather conditions if outdoors because as time progresses your memory may not be as sharp regarding the incident.
Photographs are also essential in proving a case. They help capture the scene of accident from all angles. Photographs should also capture your injuries and the shoes and clothes you had worn during the accident. These will help in steering the responsibility for the fall away from yourself.
Witness testimony can play a significant role in the success of your slip and fall lawsuit. The testimony of third-party witnesses is convincing in a trial because they have no vested interest in the outcome.
A witness is someone who was present during your accident and can attest to the fact that the property owner was negligent. Witnesses can include investigators and medical professionals that can provide expert testimony regarding your injuries and any circumstances that contributed to your fall.
3. An experienced lawyer
A lawyer is a central figure in your slip and fall lawsuit as he or she will represent your best interests and make arguments as to why the defendant should be found negligent. The lawyer will file all the required documentation and gather reliable evidence that gives the best chance to be awarded the compensation that you deserve.
If the defendant proposes to settle the case, your slip and fall lawyer can review the offer, compare it to the compensation that you require, and make recommendations regarding whether you should accept, reject, or counter-offer. If your case goes to trial, a good attorney knows the right questions to ask and what arguments will be effective. In addition, they have contact with experts in the field who can offer their opinions regarding your evidence.
4. Honesty & credibility
Whether you are going to be successful with your slip and fall lawsuit largely depends on your honesty and credibility. If you exaggerate or lie about your accident, the facts will be distorted and the judge or jury will not find you believable. This will most likely end up in the case being ruled against you.
It is essential to be honest to your lawyer by being transparent and open about the facts of your case. Giving all the information and evidence will enhance credibility. It will also strengthen the trust between you and your lawyer and he/she will know how to best present your case. Also, if you are required to testify, be honest and forthcoming with all questions posed to you. Being dishonest will become apparent as your statements could contrast with previous statements that you have made or the evidence available.