As the saying goes, a picture is worth a thousand words. When seeking to
prove that a slip or fall was caused by someone else’s negligence,
a photo can be invaluable evidence.
Elements of a Slip-and-Fall Claim
Slip-and-fall accidents occur when a person slips, trips, or falls as the
result of a dangerous or hazardous condition on someone's property.
Injuries can result from a wide range of hazards, including:
- Wet or slippery substances on floors
- Accumulations of snow and ice on walkways
- Poor or broken lighting
- Uneven stairs
- Holes or depressions on the ground
- Raised or worn carpeting
- Broken escalators or elevators
- Crumbling or uneven pavement
When these accidents result in serious injuries or death, the property
owner must be held accountable. In order to bring a successful premises
liability claim, you must be able to show that your injury was caused
by an unsafe condition, which is attributed to the property owner’s
negligence. In most premises liability cases, this involves proving that
the property owner had knowledge of the dangerous condition or hazard,
or should have had knowledge of the condition, and failed to remedy it
within a reasonable amount of time.
Photographing the Accident Scene
Evidence can disappear quickly in a
slip-and-fall accident. A wet floor may quickly dry, or a property owner may fix a broken stair
overnight. Several years ago, most of us didn’t necessarily have
a camera available when an accident occurred. Thanks to the proliferation
of smart phones, most of us now carry a camera in our pocket or purse.
In addition to taking photos, you should also gather and record the names
of any witnesses that observed the accident or the immediate aftermath.
In most cases, names and phone numbers will suffice.
It is also important to consult with a personal injury attorney before
talking to any insurance companies, as anything you say could later be
used against you. We can also help you determine if it is possible to
seek compensation for your injuries and any other damages. Victims of
slip and fall accidents may be entitled to several types of damages, including
lost wages, reimbursement of medical expense, and compensation for pain
If you or someone you care about has suffered serious harm due to someone
else’s negligence, you may be entitled to compensation. For more
information, please contact
a San Diego premises liability attorney at the Law Offices of Robert Vaage for a free consultation.