When you slip and fall on someone else’s property, you may be in a situation where you need to file a lawsuit so that you can pay for your medical bills. It’s true that a slip and fall, even on someone else’s property could be your fault. You might not have been paying attention to warning signs, you might have been on your phone and distracted, or maybe you’re just clumsy. However, this is not always the case, and someone else’s negligence may have caused you to slip and fall and become injured. When this happens you need to know more information about filing a lawsuit so that you can get damages from the accident. A lawyer knows how complicated it can be to worry about recovery after an accident, filing a suit, and paying your bills, which is why they want to help you if you were injured by someone else’s negligence.
What must you prove in a slip and fall case?
When you are trying to prove that it was not your fault that you were injured but that someone else’s negligence caused you to slip and fall, it is not the injury you have to worry about. Typically, in these kinds of accidents, it is relatively simple to show you were injured. One of the most important things you can do after a slip and fall injury is to go to a doctor and have them look at your injuries. This not only helps you to get started on a treatment plan but it helps to build evidence with medical records.
That said, the important part comes when you need to show that the slip and fall accident directly caused your injuries. Your doctor needs to show that there is a link between the accident and your injuries
How can my doctor help?
There are typically two ways your doctor can help show the cause of your injuries.
- Testifying on your behalf
- Writing a letter
Because of their line of work, not many doctors will prefer to take the time to go to court and testify that your injuries were caused by a slip and fall. Instead, your lawyer may ask them to write a letter on your behalf. Thus, it is important that you speak with your doctor as soon as you go in after the accident and explain what happened.
Aside from proving that the slip and fall caused the injury, you will need to prove that the owner of the property knew about the hazards on the property and did not do their job to fix them before allowing people on the property. A lawyer must show that they had proper notice of these hazards and that you did not.