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How to Prepare for a Slip and Fall Case

Harding Law Firm - Tuesday, September 06, 2016


Sometimes, accidents just happen. Other times, injuries may occur due to the negligence of a property owner. These types of accidents can occur anywhere from hotels and supermarkets to an apartment building or playground. Injuries can range from cuts and bruises to the more serious broken bones and head injuries.

There are a couple of things you should ask yourself before deciding to go ahead with a lawsuit for a slip and fall case:

  • Could the Accident Have Been Prevented?

    The key to winning these cases is proving that the owner’s negligence is the reason for injury. Therefore, if you tripped and fell because you did not notice a “caution” sign, or something similar, you will have a hard time proving that the owner was at fault for your accident.

  • How Long Was the Defect Present Before Your Accident?

    Reasonableness will be considered in any slip and fall case. For example, if a roof has only just started to leak, making for a slick floor that you slipped on, it’s reasonable that the owner may not have known about it yet, and therefore was unable to address the issue. However, if the leak has been happening for weeks and the owner has been made aware, yet has not fixed it, it is far less reasonable for the owner to allow the leak to continue.

  • Do You Have Photos of the Condition that Led to Your Injury?

    Photos of the condition of the scene at the time of your accident will mean a great deal to the outcome of your case. You should make sure to take these photos as soon as possible after your accident.

    If you need a slip and fall attorney, Harding Law Firm is ready to help you. Contact us today for a free consultation.