According to the National Safety Institute, slip & fall cases account for a staggering 8 million hospital emergency visits every year. Along with half of all accidental deaths in the home occurring because of a fall, more than one in three people over the age of 65 will experience a serious fall.
If you have slipped and fallen, the first thing you might do is blame yourself. However, if your fall was the result of a particularly unsafe setting, fault may rest with someone other than yourself.
Immediately after the slip & fall, it is important to preserve the evidence around you. Without this evidence, you risk being unable to prove your case in a court of law. The burden of proof rests on your shoulders, and knowing what to do in such cases can give you a far stronger case in the long run. Having won millions of dollars in accident cases, LDM&M Law Firm has some tips on preserving physical evidence and documentation of slip and fall accidents.
Proving your case will require the proper documentation. Documentation should include basic accident information regarding date, time, witness information as well as photographs of the area where the accident occurred, and all paperwork documenting injuries.
Physical evidence can include things like debris, foreign material, and your clothing. Any and all things that are related to the case should be photographed and preserved in plastic bags until the case has come to an end. This is important to prevent claims of evidence tampering and loss.
For over 40 years, Lebell, Dobroski, Morgan & Meylink have successfully represented slip and fall victims in Wisconsin obtain millions of dollars in compensation.