What Evidence Might Strengthen My Slip and Fall Claim?
If you slipped, tripped, or fell on someone else’s property, you may be able to recover compensation for the damages you incurred. However, even if it’s clear the property owner was at fault, you won’t automatically receive a payout.
Before you can get your hands on a settlement or sway a judge’s verdict in your favor, you will have to present compelling proof of liability, causation, and damages. As such, you may be wondering what evidence could help support your claim. Typically, what constitutes the strongest evidence will depend on the unique circumstances surrounding the incident.
However, there are a few types of proof that will commonly form part of a slip and fall case, such as:
1. Eyewitness Deposition
Did anyone else see the accident happen? Did someone else report the hazard that led you to slip, trip, and fall? Their statements could help support your version of events. As such, personal injury lawyers often encourage victims to take down the names and contact details of eyewitnesses. However, if you weren’t able to record this information, your legal team may be able to use evidence from the scene— such as surveillance camera footage—to identify, track down, and interview any onlookers.
2. Official Reports
If you were injured at a business such as a diner, grocery store, or hotel lobby, the manager on duty is usually expected to draft a report on the incident. Additionally, first responders such as the police will likely compile their report, including details about the incident, such as the time, date, and location, and observations upon arriving at the scene. While some of these documents may not be admissible in court—for instance, police reports are usually considered hearsay—they can help guide your attorney’s investigation into what happened.
3. Photographs of the Accident Scene
If you were able to capture any images of the hazard that caused you to fall, these images could be invaluable to the success of your case. You should save these pictures in a safe place, such as a secure and encrypted cloud server or reliable backup hard drive. Additionally, suppose you believe surveillance cameras may have captured footage of the incident. In that case, you should make sure to obtain these video files as soon as possible, as such recordings are routinely erased.
4. Financial Documents
In a slip and fall claim, proving liability is just one part of building a convincing case. You will also have to present proof of the losses you incurred and trace these damages back to the accident. As such, you should file away any financial documents relevant to your medical care, property repairs, replacement services, and other accident-related expenses.
If you were unable to work because of your injuries, you should also obtain proof of lost wages, such as pay stubs, tax returns, and letters from your employer. Finally, if you are expected to have a long road to recovery, you should start a personal injury journey to log daily entries detailing your pain levels, symptoms, and other aspects of your post-accident life.
Discuss Your Case with a Las Vegas Slip and Fall Attorney Today
If you were left seriously injured after slipping, tripping, or falling on someone else’s property, contact the legal team at Maier Gutierrez & Associates. Through the years, we’ve helped obtain numerous six- and seven-figure settlements and verdicts for our clients, giving them the funds they need to get their lives back on track. Contact us today at 702-629-7900 or head over to our contact form HERE to request a free case evaluation with a Last Vegas slip and fall attorney.