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Do I Have a Valid Claim if No One Witnessed My Fall in a Store or Business?

Slip-and-fall accidents can happen anywhere, including stores and businesses in the Fox Cities area. Whether it’s shopping on College Avenue or at the Fox River Mall, hazardous property conditions can cause you to slip and fall, resulting in serious injuries and missed time from work.

After a slip-and-fall accident, you have the right to seek compensation from the negligent property owner or manager for your damages. But what if no one saw you fall? Find out how our Appleton premises liability lawyers at Brian Hodgkiss Injury Lawyers can help you collect evidence to prove your claim and win a settlement. 

What Is a Slip-and-Fall Claim?

Filing a slip-and-fall claim becomes an option when you experience a fall on someone else’s premises because of hazardous conditions. This legal action allows you to hold the negligent property owner accountable and receive damages to help pay for your accident-related medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering.

To establish a slip-and-fall case, you must prove the following:

  • Duty of Care: The property owner or business had a legal duty to maintain a safe environment for customers and visitors.
  • Breach of Duty: The property owner or business breached their duty by failing to identify, fix, or warn visitors of hazardous conditions on the premises.
  • Causation: The hazardous condition directly caused your slip-and-fall accident and subsequent injuries.
  • Damages: You suffered actual damages, such as medical bills, lost earnings, or psychological distress.

Do You Need Witness Statements to Validate Your Claim?

Witness statements can be valuable evidence in a slip-and-fall claim. They provide an unbiased account of the incident and help establish the crucial elements of duty of care, breach of duty, and causation.

However, you may not be able to obtain witness testimony for your case. This can be due to the following:

  • Accident Occurred in a Secluded Area: The slip and fall might have happened in a part of the premises not often frequented by people, such as a back aisle of a store or an empty section of a parking lot.
  • Witnesses Unwilling to Provide Statements: Individuals who witnessed the incident may choose not to come forward to avoid involvement in legal matters or fear potential consequences for their testimony.
  • Lack of Awareness From Potential Witnesses: The accident could have occurred in a busy or crowded setting where bystanders did not notice the event, making them unaware that an incident occurred and unable to offer statements.
  • Delay in Reporting the Incident: If there was a time gap between the slip and fall and when it was reported, potential witnesses might have forgotten the details or left the area, making it impossible to obtain their statements.

What Types of Evidence Can Your Attorney Use to Build Your Case?

Even without witnesses, a skilled attorney can build a strong case for your claim. Our team at Brian Hodgkiss Injury Lawyers can investigate your accident and gather the following information to prove your case:

  • Photographs or Descriptions of the Hazard: We can use visual evidence, such as photographs or detailed descriptions of the hazardous condition, to support your claim. These can show the unsafe conditions during the slip and fall, demonstrating the property owner’s negligence in maintaining a safe environment.
  • Medical Evidence: We can access medical records like diagnostic tests, hospital bills, and rehabilitation reports to establish the connection between the slip-and-fall incident and your injuries.

Medical documents that show your injuries are consistent with those typically associated with slip and fall accidents—such as sprains, fractures, or soft tissue injuries—can help prove causation and damages.

  • Surveillance Footage: We can obtain video recordings from surveillance cameras capturing the moment of the fall and the conditions that caused it. This can provide undeniable proof of what happened.
  • Incident Reports: Reports filed with the property owner or manager immediately following the accident are official documentation of the event. We can use the report containing your initial account of the incident, the condition of the site, and immediate actions taken by the property staff to establish a timeline and the existence of hazards.
  • Previous Incidents or Negligence: We can demonstrate a pattern of negligence on the part of the store or business to support your claim. This might involve showing that the store has a history of failing to address similar hazards or was aware of the dangerous condition but failed to take appropriate action.
  • Expert Witness Testimony: We can obtain expert testimony from professionals in accident reconstruction, engineering, or medicine to show how the accident occurred and the impact of the injuries on your life, strengthening your case.

Prove Your Slip-and-Fall Claim With Brian Hodgkiss Injury Lawyers

If you have been injured in a slip-and-fall incident in a store or business and are unsure about the validity of your claim, consult with an experienced Wisconsin personal injury attorney. Our team at Brian Hodgkiss Injury Lawyers has represented slip-and-fall victim rights since 2018 in the Fox Cities area.

We can use our legal skills and resources to prove your case and help you win fair compensation. Contact us today for a free consultation to explore your legal options.

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