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What Causes Slip and Fall Accidents?

Three situations account for the majority of slip, trip, and fall incidents

Many different and serious injuries can result from a slip and fall accident. However, slip and fall accidents that are caused by the property owner’s or occupier’s negligence generally occur for just a few reasons.

If you have been injured in a fall then you have a limited amount of time to find out the cause of your fall and to protect your legal recovery. Our experienced lawyers can help you with both the investigation and your fair recovery.

The First Step Is Determining What Caused Your Fall

In order to recover damages, you are going to have to prove that the property owner knew, or should have known, about the dangerous condition that led to your fall and failed to take action to fix it or warn you about it. That could happen if there was:

  • Inadequate property maintenance. If the property owner failed to reasonably maintain the property, then that could have caused your fall. Some examples of inadequate property maintenance include broken stairs and handrails, torn carpet, and uneven flooring.
  • Inadequate property design. Sometimes the property is designed in such a way that a fall is likely. Some examples of inadequate property design include lack of handrails near stairs and poor lighting.
  • Snow and ice. Snow and ice cases can be complicated, but you may be able to recover from an Iowa property owner if there was an unnatural accumulation of ice or even in some cases after the natural accumulation of snow or ice.

Once you know what caused your fall, then you will need to prove that the fall resulted in your injuries and you will need to prove the value of your injuries.

How to Prove All Elements of Your Slip and Fall Case

In order to recover damages, you will need evidence such as:

  • Photographs from the location where you fell.
  • Video surveillance.
  • Property design plans.
  • Property maintenance records.
  • Your medical records.
  • Witness testimony.

Our experienced Iowa slip and fall lawyers can help you gather and analyze evidence so that strong arguments may be made during negotiations and in court. For more information about your rights and about how to protect your recovery, please schedule a free initial consultation by beginning a live chat with us now.

Jason F. Abraham
Managing Partner, Hupy and Abraham