Slips, trips, and falls are responsible for a large number of deaths and injuries each year.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, falls were responsible for 15% of all occupational injuries in 2018.
Injury from slipping, tripping, or falling can occur anywhere. From the grocery store to your workplace, floor hazards can cause serious injury or death.
If you suffer a slip-and-fall injury, you should immediately contact a lawyer to investigate the accident. Rapid investigation preserves relevant evidence to make your case as strong as possible.
Time Is of the Essence
Because of the nature of slip-and-fall accidents, the accident scene changes quickly after the accident is reported.
For example, spills, cracks, and debris are likely to be cleaned up in the aftermath of the fall. Additionally, property owners will undertake remedial measures to repair any defects (like broken stairs or railings) as soon as possible.
As a result, evidence tends to disappear quickly. The first few days after the incident are the most important for building your case. Immediately contacting a lawyer and starting an investigation is very important.
What Evidence Do Slip-and-Fall Investigators Need?
A thorough investigation of a slip-and-fall or trip-and-fall accident will involve carefully analyzing the scene of the accident. Our investigators photograph and video the place where the accident occurred.
Because hazards are likely to be removed from the scene after the accident is reported, investigators must get to the accident scene as soon as possible.
By doing so, they can document the scene as it was when the accident occurred, before any insurance investigators or property owners are able to remove evidence helpful to your case and then deny any wrong doing.
Our investigators also obtain witness statements and alert the parties involved that they must preserve emails or security camera footage and other relevant evidence.
Collecting evidence within days after the accident is the only way to make sure it is reliable, detailed, and accurate. The longer you wait, the harder it will be to gather evidence and track down potential witnesses.
How a Slip-and-Fall and Trip-and-Fall Lawyer Can Help
Even after collecting evidence, you will likely need to communicate with the liable party’s insurance company to obtain compensation. Insurance companies do not like paying out claims and will do everything they can to reduce the amount you receive.
An experienced attorney will protect your rights, speak with the insurance company on your behalf, and get you the compensation you deserve. Additionally, if your accident occurred at work, your attorney can assist you in filing a workers’ compensation claim.
Contact a Slip-and-Fall and Trip-and Fall Accident Attorney
At Ginsberg & Caspi, PLLC, our practice focuses on personal injury and workplace accident claims. As soon as you contact us, we will start building your case.