Anyone in Florida can suffer injuries from a slip and fall accident. In that situation, if you file a personal injury claim, you must know how to prove fault.
Determining fault in slip and fall cases
Negligence on the part of a property owner is the focal point of slip and fall cases. Although these incidents occur all the time, it must be determined that the property owner is at fault when an accident and injuries occur.
For a property owner to be found at fault for a person’s slip and fall accident and subsequent injuries, there must have been a dangerous condition on the property that was known or that reasonably should have been known to the owner. Examples of such conditions include broken floorboards or steps, missing handrails on stairways, worn carpeting or floors overly slick from spills or even floor polish.
The owner must have not only known about the dangerous condition but failed to take action to correct it. They should have also known that a reasonable person responsible for the property would have corrected the issue.
Types of evidence for slip and fall cases
Certain types of evidence can be used for slip and fall claims to show that the property owner was negligent and failed to ensure that common walking areas were safe. The injured person’s medical records are one of the most basic as they show the extent of their personal injury and how it was sustained. If there were witnesses who saw the slip and fall occur, they could serve as strong evidence.
Camera footage showing the area where the accident occurred is valuable evidence as well. Photos can also depict the dangerous situation at the site of the slip and fall.
Injuries from a slip and fall accident can be serious. Establishing fault in your case can give some peace of mind.