A slip and fall incident can take place on public or private property. If the victim falls on private property, that location could be a place of business. Typically, the owner of that money-making location has earned enough to pay for a good defense attorney.
Personal injury lawyers know what to expect from such defense attorneys. By the same token, each of those lawyers understands what argument can be made, in order to weaken the case made on behalf of the property owner. For instance, each of them is familiar with the term duty of care.
What is duty of care?
A business invites customers to enter its doors. It has a duty of care to the people that enter that money-making establishment. The business owner should care about the safety of each customer.
How does duty of care related to a personal injury claim?
The person that has made such claim must show that the guilty party failed to exercise his or her duty of care. In other words, a lawyer representing the injured victim must show that the owner of a given property was negligent. The same attorney must also show that the owner’s negligence created a hazardous setting, thus allowing the one customer (the attorney’s client) to be harmed.
What sort of evidence do lawyers use, in order to show that a property owner was careless and neglectful?
Documents serve as the most powerful forms of evidence. Each of the victim’s medical bills could be used as a form of evidence. Lawyers can track down witnesses and interview them. If the defense lacks any witness that can refute any of the witnesses that have advocated for the plaintiff, then the defense does not have much of a case.
Depending on the nature of the victim’s injuries, an attorney might seek out experts, those that know something about a given medical condition. An expert might confirm the alleged link between the hazard, the fall and the resulting injury. A lawyer’s efforts could also get focused on seeking compensation for a victim’s pain and suffering. A lawyer would know how to highlight the degree to which the future life of the injured victim had been affected by that one simple fall. That would help to increase the size of the compensation that could be awarded to the lawyer’s victimized client.
A Personal Injury Lawyer in St. Catharines would understand how to seek out and gather information on the extent to which the property owner had sought to keep track of and deal with any possible hazards. If the owner’s actions showed a willingness to ignore or delay performance of such procedures, then that would make the defense’s case even weaker.