Accidents occur every day, however, it could be possible to avoid them in some instances. When an accident could have been avoided but another party was negligent, there is a chance the victim can seek compensation.
A slip-and-fall incident is a personal injury case and requires a measure of proof. If you or a loved one is considering filing a claim for a slip-and-fall accident, there are a few key pieces of evidence you should focus on collecting.
Having the report from the facility where you fall can be essential to your case. If you can, ask for a report at the time of your accident. In the case you are not able to do so, request one as soon as possible.
The eyewitness statement of another store patron or an employee can help validate your claim. Be sure to collect the information of any individuals who witnessed your accident and follow up with them later to collect their statements.
Seeking medical attention is critical after a slip-and-fall. Not only medical reports contribute to the evidence for your case, but they are also essential for your general well-being. Even if you do not feel any pain or see any bruising, it is still a good idea to visit your medical provider and report the incident. That way, you have a paper trail, should you need it later.
These are the main pieces of evidence to consider, and there are other options as well, such as surveillance footage. However, such evidence may not be easily accessible. In which case, working with an attorney may be beneficial. The Arizona State Legislature 12-542 denotes a two-year period in which individuals have to bring a personal injury claim for an accident. Make sure you have all the proper evidence and documentation in place.
As you can see, there is a large amount of possible evidence to collect. Along with collecting the proper documentation, take the time to research and understand the claim process so you may best prove your case.