Imagine this scenario. You’re walking down the sidewalk on a beautiful, sunny day. Then, all of the sudden, you trip over a crack in the concrete, hurting your back. You’re in pain and confused about who is to blame.
Hopefully, the above scenario never happens to you, but, if it does, it is imperative that you know how to handle it and what to do.
After a “slip and fall accident,” or "trip and fall" as they are called in the legal world, you’ll want to determine whether what happened was just an accident…or something more. If you weren’t looking where you were going and stumbled, or you tripped because of your too-tight new shoes, then you’re probably to blame.
If, however, you tripped because the sidewalk was uneven or someone had left slippery liquid on it, then you may actually have a real claim to make against the owner of the sidewalk.
When you believe that your accident was caused by the negligence of someone else, you’ll need to find out who owns the sidewalk or other property you fell on. Then, you’ll have to contact that person, as well as a lawyer for legal advice and counsel.
Generally, your lawyer will have to prove that the owner of the sidewalk or other surface was negligent in some way that led to and ultimately played a part in causing your injury. Negligence might mean that the owner knew about the tripping hazard but did nothing, for example, or that the owner actually caused the hazard through some action or inaction on his part.
Proving liability in slip and fall cases can sometimes be difficult, but the right lawyer can work wonders. So, if you have been involved in a slip and fall accident, make getting the right legal help your first and most important step.