While most trips, slips and falls end in nothing serious, a few can result in serious injuries. For instance, you could break a bone, suffer a brain injury or damage your spine. As you can imagine, these injuries can be life-altering.
If you slip and fall while lawfully on another person’s property, you may be able to sue them for damages through a premises liability claim. There are, however, some things that could prevent you from getting the compensation you deserve.
Failing to collect sufficient evidence linking your injuries to the incident
Premises liability claims, like all other legal matters, are won or lost on account of the plaintiff’s evidence. If you cannot link the slip-and-fall incident to the alleged injuries, then you will have a difficult time proving your case.
This underpins the importance of seeing the doctor as soon as possible following the accident. With a clear medical report that ties your injuries to the accident, you will be a step closer to winning your case. Other evidence you may present during your case include eyewitness accounts, surveillance footage and photos or video footage of the hazardous conditions that led to the trip, slip and fall.
Missing important deadlines
You must file your claim within a specific timeline known as the statute of limitations period. In North Carolina, the statute of limitations for personal injury claims (including premises liability) is three years.
If you sustain injuries following the accident, understanding how premises liability claims work can help you avoid mistakes that could hurt your case.