What You Need to Prove in a Slip and Fall Case
If you happen to fall on someone else’s property and hurt yourself, you may be eligible for compensation. When the fall is a result of negligence on another’s behalf, you have the right to sue that person or business for your injuries. However, to win the case you’ll need to prove that someone else was responsible. How can you do this? Learn exactly what you need to prove in a slip and fall case below.
What You Need to Prove
To hold another party responsible – a person or business – for your injuries, you must prove one of the following has occurred:
- The property owner or one of their employees caused the hazardous condition that lead to the slip and fall accident.
- The property owner or one of their employees should have identified the hazardous condition and had time to remove or repair it, but had failed to act as a reasonably prudent person to remedy the situation.
How You Can Prove It
To prove a slip and fall case, you will need to prove that the other party was “negligent” and that they failed to act as a reasonable, prudent person. For instance, if an entranceway had pooling water and the hazard could have been made less dangerous by placing a warning sign in the area, and the owner knew about it but did nothing, they could be held liable for their negligent actions.
It’s also important to note that you will need to prove that you were not partially responsible or to blame for the accident yourself. In the above example, if you saw the pooling water and didn’t avoid it by using another doorway, you could be found to bear some degree of responsibility for the accident. So it’s important to consider whether your actions may have contributed to the accident through your own carelessness or negligence. If so, your case may not be valid.
How You Can Win
No company or property owner is going to go down without a fight. To ensure you build a bulletproof case, you need an experienced personal injury attorney on your side who knows the ins and outs of the law. A personal injury lawyer has the experience and expertise to combat any claims made by the defence. Having someone on your side improves your odds of winning your case and receiving the compensation that you deserve.
If you’ve been involved in a slip and fall, call Zuber Brioux today to talk to one of our personal injury lawyers.