Have you ever been in a slip-and-fall accident? Most of the time, you slip and fall because you are too clumsy, and not every time you slip or fall, you get an injury. So, it’s no big deal. Right? Well, it is, actually, especially if you slipped because of someone’s negligence and hurt yourself. Would you believe it if we told you that 1 out of every 5 falls causes a serious injury like a fracture or head injury? It’s true.
If you slipped, fell, and got injured because of someone’s mistake or negligence, you can file a slip-and-fall lawsuit. But unfortunately, not everyone who files slip-and-fall accident cases wins and gets the compensation they expect. As a victim of a slip-and-fall accident, you deserve full compensation, and you shouldn’t let it go just like that.
This blog post will help you decide what to do next if you’ve lost a slip-and-fall accident case.
An appeal in Court to Re-open the Case
If you lost a slip-and-fall accident case and you’re certain that the accident occurred due to someone else’s negligence, you should work with your personal injury lawyer to prepare an appeal to re-open the case. Once the case is re-opened, you can then start by doing everything that you fell short on previously, which resulted in the judge giving a ruling against your claim.
Get Medical Records
Most people lose slip-and-fall accident cases because they don’t provide sufficient medical proof that they were injured due to the fall. If you didn’t submit your medical records to support your claim initially, now’s the time to do it. Have your doctor give a written document stating the severity of your injuries and what treatment you are getting to address those injuries.
Gather All the Proof You Can
You need to gather as much proof as you can to prove in court that you didn’t slip and fall because you were being clumsy or weren’t being careful but because of the poor condition of the property the accident happened in or something on the property owner’s part that caused it to happen. You can submit recordings of the security cameras, a police report, or any pictures of the scene that you took that could give the judge a visual of what you’re explaining.
Have Your Lawyer Retrieve Copies of Documents That Were Used in Previous Ruling
Your lawyer can retrieve the copies of documents that were used to give the previous ruling against you. Your lawyer can study these documents to see how they impacted the decision and then work to provide evidence to counteract these documents.
Collect Proofs That Show the Property Owner Was Aware of the Safety Risk
If you can prove that the property owner was aware of the safety risk that caused the slip-and-fall accident, like broken stairs or uneven floors, or the property owner’s negligence, like the absence of a sign of a wet floor when the floor was wet, that caused you to slip and fall, you can have the judge overturn the decision in your favor.
When you file an appeal to reopen the case after losing a slip-and-fall accident case, you’ve got to make sure you’ve got enough proof to support your claim.
If the slip-and-fall accident has affected your health, well-being, and performance at work, you should get witnesses who can support you before the judge. Your doctor can give a statement about how your injury has affected you and your colleagues, or your boss at work can give a statement about how you haven’t been able to perform well ever since you got injured in the slip-and-fall accident.
Your best bet at having the decision overturned in your favor is to work with an experienced personal injury lawyer. They’ll know how to strengthen your case and get you the compensation you deserve!