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Types of evidence to gather after a fall

As humans, most of us have fallen at some point.  Usually, tripping over a shoe or slipping on water will result in little more that a bruise.  However, if you fall outside of your home, such as a restaurant or a parking lot, you run the risk of sustaining serious injuries.  As the injured party, you have the burden of presenting the court with evidence that shows that the defendant was liable for your injuries and that you were not acting negligently.  If you have been involved in a slip and fall, there is certain evidence you can gather to help protect your claims.  If you are able to, take pictures of the scene.  Look for things such as wet floor signs or cleaning equipment.  Take a picture of what caused you to fall.  Was it food, liquid, a crack in the sidewalk?  If you slipped on food or water on the floor, look for something that may have caused it, like a leaky refrigerator in the frozen foods aisle at the grocery store.  If there was anyone around who say you fall, ask for their name and number so that you can contact them as a witness if necessary.  Documenting the scene can help prove that you were not at fault and can erase any claims of “he said, she said”.

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