If you have been injured in a serious slip and fall accident, you may be in pain, you may be out of pocket for expenses and you may have lost income. For most people who are injured, the aftermath puts a serious damper on your lifestyle. While getting compensation for your injuries cannot solve all of your problems after an accident, it can alleviate some of the hardship. Most personal injury lawyers will tell you that slip and fall accidents are not the easiest cases to win. Proving that your fall was the result of someone else’s negligence can be very challenging. That is why preserving important evidence immediately after this type of accident is so crucial. This article outlines three ways accident victims fail to protect the evidence in their case, making it very difficult for their personal injury lawyer to maximize their recovery.
First, you will destroy your slip and fall case if you do not report the fall immediately after it happens. If you simply leave the scene without mentioning the incident to the property owner, you may have a difficult time proving that the accident happened. If your slip and fall accident happened in a grocery store, or other retail location, make sure you speak to the manager and complete an incident report. If at all possible, insist on obtaining a copy of the incident report. Sometimes, a store manager will believe that they are not permitted to provide you with a copy of the accident report. If you just cannot obtain a copy, consider taking a photo of it with your telephone. Take as many photos as you need to get the whole document.
Second, you will destroy your slip and fall case if you do not obtain the names and contact information of any witnesses. A top defense to a slip and fall case by the property owner is that the accident never happened in the first place. Many people who have fallen are reluctant to ask the names of people who come to their aid. Do yourself a favour and ask for their names. Don’t have a paper? Send yourself a text message with their contact info. Most people are willing to give their names, all you have to do is ask.
Finally, you will destroy your slip and fall case if you do not seek medical attention immediately after the accident. Another common defence to slip and fall accidents is that the injuries complained of were not caused by the slip and fall, but by some other event. The longer you wait to go to a physician, the harder it will be for you to prove that the injuries were caused by the slip and fall and not some other incident that occurred between the time you fell and the time you sought medical attention.
Do yourself a favour. After a slip and fall accident, take these three simple steps to protect your claim for damages. You and your personal injury lawyer will be thankful you did.
Ottawa personal injury lawyer Brenda Hollingsworth represents people who have been injured in serious slip and fall accidents.Contact us at 613 860-4529 or http://www.personalinjuryottawa.ca to schedule a free consultation.
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