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What You Must Prove to Win a Slip and Fall Injury Claim

A person filling out a "Slip and Fall Accident Report" in one hand whereas the other hand is wrapped in a cast.

Slips and falls can happen anywhere and for many reasons. Sometimes the fall is not your fault. Here’s more information about what you must prove to win a slip and fall injury claim.

Proof That the Fall Was Not Your Fault

It is important to write down what you were doing before you fell. This can help you determine whether the fall could have been prevented. For instance, if a student acquires an injury by falling down the stairs after fighting with another student, he or she would not win a slip and fall injury claim. However, if a student slips on the staircase because it is wet, this fall could not have been prevented by the student. Therefore, it could be used as proof of a slip and fall injury.

If you slip and fall at a grocery store without a known cause, it is important to bring this up to the store manager. Chances are, the store has a security camera that captured all the events before, during, and after your fall. If the camera shows that the store was in a messy condition, it is possible that you could win compensation for your injury.

Proof of Place and Time

A person cannot simply say that he or she was injured from a slip and fall incident. If this was valid, people could get compensation for an injury from a place they have never actually been. It is very important to seek medical attention right after you think you may have been injured. Take a picture that includes both your injury and the location where you got injured.

Proof of Any Medical History That Could Have Affected a Fall

If you have been diagnosed with medical conditions that could have contributed to your fall, it will be important to have this information when you speak to an attorney. For instance, if you fall during a seizure, it would be helpful for the attorney to know if you have a history of epilepsy. If you have this medical condition, perhaps you will win compensation through disability.

Birth Certificate and Family History

A birth certificate and a valid identification card are very important to show your lawyer for an accurate background check and family history report. If a child falls at the park and there is nothing on the ground to suggest that he or she tripped, the lawyer needs to know if a genetic condition could have led to the fall. Having a child’s legal identification will also be helpful for a family background report. Sometimes children fall because there is a history of abuse in the family.

If you believe that you have acquired an injury from a slip or fall incident, consult with an Idaho birth injury attorney at Rossmann Law Group, PLLC. Our employees help victims of serious injuries seek medical, financial, and legal care. We will evaluate your case and help you get the best compensation possible. Hopefully, this information about what you must prove to win a slip and fall injury claim will help you.