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Slip-and-fall accidents: Navigating a lawsuit can be a challenge

Every year, thousands of consumers suffer injuries while shopping in stores nationwide, including in Tennessee. These injuries often lead to personal injury lawsuits that contribute to keeping the civil courts busy. Slip-and-fall accidents cause a significant percentage of the injuries suffered in public areas such as stores and shopping malls.

Victims of such accidents may benefit from taking note of a few steps to take before filing lawsuits. Medical evidence will be required to establish a basis for a claim for damages. For this reason, an accurate diagnosis by a medical professional is vital to present as evidence. Furthermore, taking the details of any witnesses to corroborate the victim's report of circumstances that led to the incident can be valuable.

Obtaining a copy of the store's surveillance footage of the incident can be the proof that is necessary for a successful claim. If the surveillance tape of that moment is not available, the absence of it may be questioned. State law includes a statute of limitations that puts a time limit on when to file a claim, and although there may be exceptions, the time typically starts on the day of the incident that caused the injuries.

Personal injury lawsuits after slip\-and\-fall accidents can be complicated, and the services of a skilled attorney with experience in this field can mean the difference between a successful and unsuccessful claim. A Tennessee lawyer can anticipate the defenses claimed by store owners and be prepared with the necessary evidence. Large retailers often try to move personal injury lawsuits to federal court, underscoring the need for experienced legal representation. The attorney can also provide guidance related to the settlement requirements of the injured victim.

Source: FindLaw, "7 Tips When Suing a Retail Store for Injuries", Aditi Mukherji, Accessed on Jan. 27, 2017

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