If you do not have pictures, videos, or any other visual evidence, establishing fault in a slip and fall accident can be extremely difficult. The old adage says “a picture is worth a thousand words.” Well, how about, “a picture of a slip and fall accident is worth from tens to hundreds of thousands of dollars (or even more)”?
In almost every premises liability case, establishing that the owner of the property on which the slip and fall accident occurred may not be possible unless you have visual evidence to prove that the owner created, was aware or should have been aware of the dangerous condition that caused the accident.
In the absence of photographs and videos, your Miami slip and fall accident attorney will rely on witness testimony to establish fault, but having visual evidence of the dangerous condition can be the key factor in helping you win your legal case and recover compensation.
Under Florida premises liability law, you may be entitled to monetary compensation for your injuries and damages resulting from a slip and fall accident as long as your lawyer can prove that:
What is a better way to prove any of the above-mentioned elements than taking a picture of the dangerous condition after a slip and fall accident? Exactly, none!
“A picture of the slippery surface, spill, or any other factor that caused you to slip and fall can strengthen your case because it can show not only the existence of the dangerous condition on the property that day, but also the color and texture of the spill, as well as any track marks and footprints, all of which are crucial to determine how long the condition had existed before the accident,” explains our experienced slip and fall accident attorney in Miami.
Basically, it is advised to take photos and videos of everything that could help experts establish how long the spill had been there before you slipped and fell. Our best slip and fall lawyers in California explain: the longer the hazardous condition was there, the bigger the chance that you will recover compensation for your injuries and damages.
“Do not be naïve, no one is going to keep the area where you slipped and fell as it was when your accident occurred,” says our Miami slip and fall accident attorney. “You can rest assured: the dangerous condition will be remedied, fixed or eliminated shortly after the accident. And once the spill is cleaned, your evidence will be gone forever.”
Collecting visual evidence would not be possible for most people just a few years ago, but the technological progress made it possible now that over 77 percent of Americans have a smartphone. If you do not have one or the quality of your phone’s camera is poor, ask one of the witnesses to take photographs and videos for you.
In any personal injury and premises liability case, evidence can be tempered with or destroyed, which is why the importance of taking photos and videos cannot be overstated. If you have been injured as a result of a slip and fall accident on someone else’s property, contact the Dante Law Firm, P.A., to get a free consultation. Call our offices at (305) 949-2526 or complete this contact form.