Slips, trips, and falls account for 15% of all accidental deaths in the U.S., and cause more than a million Emergency Room (ER) visits every year.
In order to hold the responsible party accountable for any injuries you obtained as a result of a slip or fall you must provide evidence that:
- An injury occurred
- The injury occurred as a result of the slip or fall
- he slip or fall was a result of negligence on behalf of the property owner
Proof of Slip and Fall Accidents
You need documented medical proof that the injury was caused by that specific accident on that specific property. That’s why it’s imperative that you:
- Seek medical attention
- Obtain a medical report documenting your injuries
- Take any photos, if possible, of where the slip or fall happened
- Get contact information from any witnesses
- File a report at the location of your fall as soon as possible
- Contact an experience Slip or Fall attorney to help you pursue your claim and gather this evidence if you are unable
We get asked often if hiring a lawyer for a slip or fall claim is necessary. This area of law if very complex – if you are not able to prove that an injury occurred as a result of property owner negligence you could be left with medical bills and potential disabilities and ongoing medical needs.
Experienced slip or fall attorneys will be able to establish the property owner’s liability by proving four elements of a premises liability case: a duty of care, breach of the duty of care, causation, and damages.
Why is evidence so important in a slip/fall accident?
It’s not uncommon for a property owner to fix dangerous conditions after someone got injured on their property in a way to avoid responsibility. Taking photos and videos at the time of incident or very shortly after will stop the property owner from making this problem disappear.
Written accounts of your injuries are just as important. Witness testimony will back up your claim that there was negligence on behalf of the property owner, especially if he or she tries to cover up the issue after the fact. Medical professionals who treated your injury will also provide valuable evidence to prove that an injury occurred and how the injury occurred. Writing down your own account of how the injury happened is also a good idea while it is fresh in your mind.
Don’t negotiate with insurers on your own
As soon as you submit your accident report, you will most likely be contacted either by the property owner or his/her insurance company, who may offer you an initial settlement offer.
Speaking to the at-fault property owner or insurers on your own may minimize your chances of winning a lawsuit later on or significantly reduce the amount of your compensation, as your every word will be used against you. Often times these individuals will offer a much lower settlement amount than you will need to care for yourself after an injury.
The skilled slip/fall attorneys at the Pisanchyn Law Firm will handle these negotiations on your behalf and will help you maximize the value of your slip and fall accident claim. Compensation could be awarded to cover medical bills, lost wages, loss of earning capacity, pain and suffering, and other damages.
Contact our Slip/Fall Attorneys for a Free Consultation
We have prosecuted numerous cases of this nature and can honestly pledge to you, without any equivocation, that should we accept your case, we will make completely sure that you get the justice you deserve.
For these reasons, when you retain the attorneys at the Pisanchyn Law Firm you know that you have a first-rate Law Firm that will fiercely pursue your rights and the money you deserve. As we have pledged, you will never pay a fee until we win your case.
Please, call toll free at 1-800-444-5309 for your free consultation. We have offices in Scranton, Pittsburgh and Harrisburg and will travel to you.