According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), floors and flooring materials cause more than 2 million slip and fall injuries every year in the U.S. But some victims still have a hard time proving premises liability cases in court to recover personal injury compensation.
There are multiple challenges of proving liability in a slip and fall at a store. But the following tips should help avoid the legal obstacles:
- Obtain photographs of the site. Victims should have pictures taken of the accident site, ensuring that there are shots taken from close quarters and from a distance. While the close shots will give an indication of the nature of the hazard — a torn carpet or a crack in the floor — the long-distance shots will help prove that the hazard was located within the store premises. Injury photographs are helpful, too.
- Record statements from witnesses. Record statements from eyewitnesses that corroborate claims that the store owner was negligent. For example, it’s helpful to locate an employee or a visitor to the store who can vouch that the hazard was present for a long time (maybe a regular shopper who noticed the crack on the floor the previous week as well). Record their statements and take down their contact information so that a lawyer may communicate with them later.
Consult an experienced personal injury attorney.Considering the challenges of proving liability in slip and fall accidents in a store, the advice of a personal injury lawyer who has court experience, should the case progress to the trial stage, is valuable.
Call Franks & Rechenberg, P.C. at (847) 854-7700 to seek consultation for premises liability cases. They have been handling such cases for more than 20 years, and their legions of satisfied clients vouch for their competence, professionalism, dedication and empathy. Let them help collect the necessary evidence and build a case to establish store owner negligence.