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Pictures Are Often Invaluable in San Diego Slip-and-Fall Cases

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 and suffering.

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.