Something as simple as slipping on a wet floor can change your life forever. If you were seriously injured due to the negligence of someone else, you may be able to obtain compensation to cover your losses, including:
- Medical expenses
- Wages lost during your recovery period
- Pain and suffering
Making your claim
Several elements go into a successful case. Here are a few things to keep in mind that can help you when creating a strong slip-and-fall claim for your accident.
Showing liability and negligence
Proving liability is a crucial step in the accident claim process. If you cannot establish that the property owner was somehow responsible for the incident, your the case will not have merit. In order to show liability, one of three scenarios must be in play:
- Reasonable care of the facility would cause the owner or management to be aware of the unsafe conditions.
- The property owner or an employee created the dangerous situation
- Management or the property owner did not enact measures to address the unsafe area
If you — with the help of a lawyer — are able to prove any of these facts, the owner may liable for your injuries. Keep in mind that the owner will try to place some or all of the blame on you. Georgia courts will decrease your award if you are partially at fault for the accident.
Gathering proper proof
Accident reports, medical records, witness statements and other forms of documentation that detail what happened are important pieces of evidence. Try to collect as much proof as possible, as early as possible. If all of the evidence supports your claim, it can help to eliminate doubt and make it more likely that you will secure a reasonable award.