Picture this: you’re walking through an empty aisle at the grocery store and you slip on a puddle of water or other spilled liquid. When you hit the floor, you immediately experience severe pain in your back and tailbone, but you’re able to climb to your feet and leave the store under your own power.
Hours later, the pain has worsened. By the next day, you can barely get out of bed. At this point, you need medical help, but you don’t have the money to pay for a hospital visit. Worse yet, you may think you can’t get compensation because no one witnessed your fall.
Thankfully, you CAN still get compensation from the store where you fell, even if there were no witnesses around when it happened. However, it may take a lawyer to help you gather the evidence you need.
Here’s some methods we can use to prove your injury happened:
Surveillance Camera Footage Shows Your Fall
Retail stores often have many cameras, and most aisles are covered by at least one security camera. There’s a good chance your slip and fall injury was caught on camera. In fact, the footage may even show the moment the spill occurred that caused you to fall.
Another Customer Fell or Reported the Spill
Your fall doesn’t need to have been witnessed by another customer or an employee if the spill was known to management. If another customer fell or reported the liquid on the floor before you fell, management should have cleaned it up immediately, posted a warning sign, or prevented customers from walking in that area. Failure to do so means they knew of the problem but didn’t take any steps to prevent injuries.
Your Injuries Are Clearly Caused by a Fall
If you go to the doctor or hospital with injuries that are consistent with ones that people suffer when they slip and fall, the retailer where your accident occurred will have a difficult time denying that you slipped and fell in their store. However, it’s important to get medical treatment right away. The longer you wait to see a doctor, the more likely the retailer or their insurer will claim your injury happened elsewhere. If you have a strong case for compensation, the hospital may be willing to provide treatment now under the condition they will be paid from the eventual injury settlement.
You Alerted an Employee or Manager Right Away
After a slip and fall accident, it’s important to tell an employee or manager what happened as soon as you can. This not only means they’ll be required to fill out an incident report, but it also means they’ll see the spill. Documentation is everything when it comes to slip and fall cases, especially those where there are no witnesses to support victims’ stories.
Emergency Responders Were Dispatched to the Scene
Sometimes, slips and falls cause immediate and serious injuries. While no one may have seen the actual fall, the aftermath is obvious. Victims may break bones, tear ligaments, or even suffer injuries affecting their spinal cords or brains. After these types of falls, victims are often unable to stand up or leave on their own. They need immediate medical treatment, and that means being treated at the scene by emergency responders and transported to a hospital via ambulance.
You Called a Lawyer Immediately
One of the best ways to ensure you get compensation after any type of accident or injury that wasn’t your fault is to get legal representation right away. The sooner you contact a lawyer, the better. A lawyer can work on collecting evidence that proves your slip and fall injury happened the way you said it did and that the store is liable for your damages.
Contact Us After a Slip and Fall Injury
Slips and falls are often far more painful and damaging than people expect. Victims often don’t have time or a way to catch themselves when they fall in public places, and that can lead to serious injuries and days, weeks, or months away from work recovering.
Getting compensation after a slip and fall injury that wasn’t your fault with no witnesses isn’t always easy, but it’s certainly not impossible. At Parrish DeVaughn Injury Lawyers, our Oklahoma slip and fall attorneys have helped many victims of slip and falls get compensation, including those who were injured in accidents with no eyewitnesses.
Contact us today for a free consultation. It’s our goal to help you get the money you deserve.