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Proving liability after an accident occurs

On Behalf of | Jun 8, 2020 | Blog, Personal Injury and Wrongful Death |

Those who slip and fall may experience a significant head or brain injury. Victims may be able to hold at-fault property owners liable for any damages that they incur related to these injuries. However, they have to first show that the injury was directly caused by the slip and fall. They must then prove that the property owner or manager caused a dangerous condition and did nothing to fix it.

Alternatively, a victim may be able to show that the owner would have known about the issue had they done adequate due diligence. Dangerous conditions could include parking lots that were covered in ice or floors that were covered in slippery substances such as water, oil or grease. Carpets that don’t lay flat or have holes in them could also increase the risk of tripping or falling while walking on them.

Ideally, business owners or operators will ensure that power or other types of cords are kept off of floors or hallways. It’s also important to ensure that buildings and parking lots have adequate lighting so that people can avoid obstacles that may be in their path. Victims are encouraged to keep their shoes or anything else that they were wearing during the incident as proof that they weren’t acting in a negligent manner.

Someone who has been hurt on another person’s property may want to consider filing a personal injury lawsuit. This could allow the victim to obtain compensation for medical bills, lost wages and lost future earnings. An attorney might be willing to review a case and help a victim get a favorable settlement or jury award. Attorneys may use photos or other evidence to show that negligence caused a fall to happen.