Slip and fall accidents happen regularly, and, fortunately, most of the time, they are not serious. Sometimes, though, they are quite serious and can lead to long-term physical damages to the victim. When this happens or when other serious injury occurs, the victim has the right to take legal action against the person responsible for the incident and/or the person who owned the property where the incident occurred.
Make Sure You’re Not at Fault
If you think that you have a valid personal injury case, one of the first things that you will want to do is to ensure that you were not at fault in any way in the accident. Typically, if it can be proven that you were acting irresponsibly or in some way that led to your injury, your case may not “hold water.” If, for example, you were texting while walking or were otherwise not watching where you were going, you may be held responsible for the fall, not the person who owns the property. If you are doubtful about whether you were responsible or not, speak with an attorney for more information.
If you were definitely not at fault in the slip and fall accident, then your next step is proving, with the help of an attorney, that the property owner was. You must demonstrate that he did or did not do something, such as leaving out a dangerous object or not mopping up a spill, that led to the slip and fall and/or that he was aware of the harm and did not do anything to take care of it in a reasonable amount of time.
What exactly you’ll have to prove and to what degree will vary somewhat based on the laws where you live and other factors, but a good attorney can help you to know and follow the laws in your state and to hold the responsible person liable in court so that you can get the justice you deserve.