Whether going out with friends, running errands, or visiting a loved one’s apartment complex, it’s reasonable to assume you’ll return home unscathed. As thousands of people learn every year, though, slips, trips, and falls can occur virtually anywhere.
Although property owners and occupiers are expected to maintain their premises—and to address any hazards that arise in a timely manner—they don’t always do so. If you were seriously hurt because of a negligent party’s oversight, you may be able to hold them accountable for all associated damages.
Before you can negotiate for a payout, though, you’re going to have to prove both liability and losses. While the strongest evidence will inevitably depend on the facts of the case, it might include some of the following:
1. Footage from the Scene
If you were hurt at a business establishment or in the common area of an apartment building, the incident was probably captured by surveillance cameras. Naturally, any such footage will be integral to your case.
Photographs of the hazard in question can also bolster your claim. If you were unable to take pictures before leaving the scene, send a friend or loved back as soon as possible to do so for you. If the facility already addressed the hazard, images of where it was accompanied by diagrams could still prove valuable.
2. Eyewitness Testimony
Testimony from those who saw you slip and fall—or who saw the hazard that caused the accident—can boost your own credibility. If you obtained the names and phone numbers of any eyewitnesses before leaving the scene, give them to your legal team, so they can reach out.
3. The Incident Report
If you slipped or tripped at a place of business, the manager on duty should have drafted a formal incident report. Even if they worded it in such a way so as not to implicate the facility, its contents could strengthen your claim.
4. Statements from Medical Experts
Various specialists can confirm that your injuries are consistent with the slip or trip and fall. Such testimony will be especially valuable if you did not seek care right away.
Putting off medical treatment opens the door for the opposing party to challenge causation. By anticipating such a strategy and getting ahead of it with statements from medical experts, you can increase your chances of securing a satisfactory payout.
Call 855-585-2969 to Discuss Your Case with a New York Slip, Trip and Fall Accident Attorney
If you slipped and fell on someone else’s property, you shouldn’t have to bear the burden of the damages. For help taking action against those who are liable, turn to Leitner Varughese. We represent clients on Long Island, in New York City, and throughout New York state.
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