Evidence to Strengthen a Slip-And-Fall Claim
March 28, 2018
When the negligence of others causes people to suffer an injury, those injured parties should be able to seek restitution if they desire. Thankfully, people can seek their retribution through injury claims.
A successful claim has a few different elements, one of which is strong supporting evidence. In a slip-and-fall claim, there are a few important pieces of evidence to present.
Medical bills and records
One of the key aspects one must prove in a slip-and-fall claim is that the claimant suffered harm due to the accident. Medical records and bills are an essential part of this proving process. The injured party should seek medical attention directly after the accident and continue with any follow-up visits if necessary. The records of the visit help to establish the timeline, and the medical bills aid in calculating damages properly.
Along with medical records and bills, any other documentation that helps to prove either the negligence of the property owner or the harm that the claimant suffered is worth gathering. One key form of documentation is the accident report. A proper report should include the names and information of the parties involved, detail the accident, and possibly provide the information of any witnesses. These pieces of information can be very beneficial throughout the claim process.
Witness statements that support the claimant’s story can help to eliminate doubts about the course of the incident. The property owner may try to place some blame on the claimant to prove contributory negligence; however, a witness can help to disprove any false claims. An expert witness who can attest to the unsafe nature of the facility and the safety measures that were not in place could also be very valuable to the case.
If claimants are able to gather and present some or all of these types of evidence, they can build a strong slip-and-fall claim. It can be beneficial to work with an attorney to increase the chances of receiving the full compensation they deserve.