Slip-and-Fall Injuries and Premises Liability
Property owners are usually quick to repair dangerous conditions after someone has been injured. In doing so, the property owner may be more motivated by a wish to protect himself from liability than to prevent future injuries to other people. The property owner may be removing evidence you need to prove your case.
At McKnight and McKnight Law, APC, in Bakersfield, California, our lawyers offer a free initial consultation to answer your questions about personal injury law and to explain your rights.
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What Should I Do After A Slip-and-Fall Injury?
If you have been injured in an accident, the first thing you should do is make someone at the scene aware of the fact that the accident happened. If not reported, the property owner may deny that it even occurred.
To prove liability on the part of the property owner, one important fact will be when and how the condition arose. If the accident was caused by a slippery substance on the floor, how long had the substance been there? If the condition was the result of a spill that happened moments before the accident, the property owner may not have had a reasonable amount of time to cure the problem and may not be held responsible.
The same issues would apply to trip-and-fall hazards such as items left on a floor. To have a case, you may need to show that the property owner was aware of the condition or should have been aware of it.
Act Quickly To Protect Your Rights
It’s important to secure evidence such as pictures of the dangerous condition and statements from witnesses. In some cases, the best evidence is the store’s own security cameras. However, security camera videos tend to get erased in a few days unless your lawyer requires the store to preserve the tape.
Whether it involves a slip-and-fall injury or another type of property owner negligence, we will be your strong advocate, working hard to obtain the best possible result for you.