Whether a person slips on a spill in a supermarket or loses his/her footing on a loose piece of flooring, a slip and fall personal injury accident can leave the victim debilitated. When a lawsuit is filed, certain issues will be taken into account, including the victim and nature of the hazard.
The strength of your personal injury case lies largely with these issues. As the victim, it is imperative that you appear credible to jurors. If you have a history of litigation over injuries, you may be viewed in a less favorable light as someone out to make a buck. You will need to be able to describe the accident in a way that makes jurors believe your claims. Your injuries alone will not convince them. This is particularly important if there were no other witnesses present to verify your claims.
The hazard itself will also be considered in assessing your slip and fall personal injury. There is usually something physically present or damaged that caused such an accident. It will be necessary to establish how this hazard caused you to slip by describing the mechanics of your fall.
If there is no apparent object or damage which caused you to fall, other matters will be considered. These may include the condition of your shoes; your age and mental state; the way you walk; and any impairments you had prior to the accident. There may also have been some force that caused you to fall, such as a shopping cart rolling into you.
Your personal injury lawyer will put your case together in such a way that the issues of victim and hazard will be convincing. For representation in the Dallas/Ft. Worth area, call Dallas personal injury lawyer Dean Malone at (214) 670-9989.
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