- September 2, 2011
- In slip And Fall
If you suffer an injury following a slip and fall accident, you may be able to recover compensation for your injuries if the accident was due to someone else’s negligence. Negligence is the failure to use reasonable care resulting in harm to another individual.
A slip and fall accident is common and can occur in many locations, including shopping malls, grocery stores, or the workplace. Usually, a hazard or dangerous condition exists in the location, and the condition of the property contributes to the plaintiff’s injury. For example, an uneven step in the entryway of a busy grocery store can be a safety hazard. This condition can cause individuals to trip and fall. To determine if you can file a lawsuit based on negligence, contact an Orange County personal injury attorney.
To win a slip and fall case, the victim must successfully prove that the defendant failed to use reasonable care in the maintenance and prevention of accidents on the property. The victim must also prove that the failure to use reasonable care caused the plaintiff’s accident.
First, the plaintiff must be able to show that a dangerous condition or hazard existed on the defendant’s property and the defendant knew about the condition and the likelihood that an injury could occur. Next, the plaintiff must show that the hazard or dangerous condition directly caused the plaintiff’s injury. However, many slip and fall accidents can be difficult to prove because there may not be any witnesses to the accident except for the victim. However, if the plaintiff can clearly describe the incident, an Orange County personal injury attorney will help a plaintiff effectively tell her story to the jury or judge.