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Understanding How to Prove Fault in a Slip and Fall Case

How do you prove fault if you were injured after slipping and falling? The good news is that just as you would hire a car accident attorney for a car accident case or a truck accident attorney after a truck accident, you can hire a personal injury attorney who specializes in slip and fall accidents to help you with your case. Here are some of the things your attorney will address to prove fault in your case.

Proving Liability

There are three main ways to prove liability. The first is proving that the property owner or an employee caused the circumstance that led to your fall. The second way is to prove that the owner or an employee knew there was a hazard but didn’t do anything about it. The third way to show liability is to argue that the owner or an employee should have known that there was a hazard, because any reasonable person would have seen it and fixed it. This third way is the most common argument, but also the most challenging to prove because your lawyer must also prove that your understanding of reasonable is fair.

Demonstrating What Is Reasonable

If your attorney is proving that it is reasonable that someone on the property should have known about the fall risk, he or she will have to show that regular maintenance did not take place. To do so, your attorney will evaluate the general condition of the property and ask questions about what it was like when you fell. The owner may be asked to present proof of maintenance and cleaning.

Disproving Fault

Your attorney must argue that you did not play a role in the fall. To do so, he or she will argue that a reasonable person would not have noticed the hazard and that you did not ignore any warning signs. He or she must also show you didn’t contribute to the fall by doing anything that increased your risk of falling.

When you need a slip and fall accident attorney in Woodbridge, VA, call Johnson Law Firm. To put my experience to work for you and fight for compensation for your injuries, dial my personal injury and car accident attorney office at (703) 670-0761.

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