By Ron Etemi
People fall down in public places. It happens. Is it embarrassing? Sure. Most of the time, we just pick ourselves up and get on with our day. Sometimes, however, getting on with your day may be difficult because of injuries sustained in the fall. If you have been injured in a fall down, you should consult a personal injury attorney experienced in fall down liability.
A personal injury attorney will be able to explain to you the strengths and weaknesses of your fall down claim. Although fall-down accidents are among the most common accidents, they are also the most difficult in which to prove liability. Specifically, the problem lies in the fact that it is difficult to prove liability unless one has a photograph of the defect that caused you to fall. Here’s the good news: Most of us carry cell phone cameras that may be used to photograph or videotape the defect. Thus, if you are involved in a fall down accident, do not hesitate to snap a photograph or video of the defect that caused you to fall (or, if with you’re with somebody at the time, have him or her take the photograph for you).
Let’s take the following example: While shopping at a local grocery store, you slip and fall on a puddle of water in the freezer aisle of the store. You report the fall down to a store employee, who later claims there was room for the you to walk around the puddle or that it had been removed. It is your responsibility to prove otherwise. Accordingly, photographing or videotaping the accident site with your cell phone as soon as possible following the fall can prove invaluable in proving your case. Anything you can do to help prove liability is to your benefit and will help solidify your case when you contact your attorney. The more facts you can provide, the more likely you are to win your case.