A slip and fall accident may sound trivial at first, but the consequences can wreak havoc on the lives of those who are victims. In order to get the desired outcome from your case, the first step is to gather the proper evidence to support your claim. Start off on the right foot and know what you are looking for. Depending on the type of case, different kinds of evidence will be more or less valuable to you.
The key here is getting photos of the accident scene that document the conditions that led to the fall. What you want to avoid is a your-word-against-theirs scenario, and having access to copious amounts of photographic documentation becomes imperative. Getting clear photos, taken as close to the time of the accident as possible, will improve their chances of standing up in court.
While photographic evidence will always work in your favor, cases that involve falls down stairs will focus more on the physical design elements of the stairs themselves. To determine if faulty design elements led to a trip down stairs, building experts can be called to offer their professional opinion. If the building owner does not have up-to-date maintenance and repair policies, this can also work in your favor. When surveying the scene of the accident, look for a lack of handrails or handrails that are too low, oddly shaped, or eroded steps.
On a Floor or Threshold
The important difference between threshold trips and falls down stairs is that those who fall in doorways are less likely to expect a change in floor height, unless properly informed. If the accident site does not have any warning signs that alert visitors to raised thresholds or other physical obstacles, it can be grounds for a lawsuit. As with stairway falls, any abnormal or faulty design elements will serve to strengthen your case.
A slip and fall accident can cause incredible amounts of harm and cost more than you’d think. The serious injury attorneys of Parnall Law Firm, have the experience necessary to help you build a strong case that may better your chances of getting the compensation you deserve. If you’ve been injured, don’t hesitate to contact Parnall Law Firm, for an initial free consultation.