Slips and falls make for some of the most common work-related and public injuries, but seeking compensation can be a tricky situation.
If you feel your injury has been caused by negligence, or you feel somebody else is liable for the damage, you will have to prove it should you wish to receive compensation, so it’s important to not only understand the difference between slips and falls and how the type of injury matters, but also what information you need to prove you aren’t at fault for the injury.
Slips & Falls Claims
Slips and falls can occur for a number of reasons, one of them, of course, being negligence on behalf of the person injured. On the other hand, injuries occur due to hazards repeatedly neglected by the property owner or caretaker or as a result of just simple carelessness, which could range from failure to dispose of trash to failing to adequately Oftentimes these situations will depend on the nature of the environment itself.
While the differences are slight, it’s important to differentiate slips, trips, and falls and determine which to report. Falls tend to result in the highest payout, though that isn’t to say you won’t see compensation for a slip or trip, and your attorney will be able to determine the best route as well.
Proving Liability or Negligence
The real issue is proving the negligence of another person or property owner, and with slips and falls, this can be especially difficult. When it comes to proving the negligence of another person, having a professional attorney by your side will be extremely helpful.
Part of determining who is responsible means determining how the injury could have been avoided. Are there business policies that require employees to keep certain paths clear, perform a job a certain way, or regularly check for potential hazards? Did the hazard or obstruction exist long enough that it should have been removed before the injury occurred? Was poor lighting a factor?
How to Go About Seeking Compensation
Questions such as this will come up when you begin to seek compensation. It’s important that you give yourself adequate time to recover, or at least receive the necessary medical attention before you attempt to pursue compensation.
Once you find representation, it’s important that you are extremely open with your attorney as the level of information they have may determine their strategy, and it will also help them form a better argument. Without an attorney to assist you in seeking compensation, it can be extremely difficult to win a case if the cause of injury isn’t quite so obvious, but working with someone experienced in these cases will more likely produce a favourable outcome.