This is the next post in our series on handling slip and fall cases in Fort Worth, Texas. Our last article discussed proving that property owners were responsible for a fall. It is important to understand that one will not necessarily be found liable simply because they own or operate the property you were injured on. It must be shown that they failed to take reasonable steps to make the premises secure and that such a failure is what led to your injury. It is crucial that you speak with a personal injury attorney to determine whether you have a case. In this article we will discuss another important topic – what to expect at trial. If you have been injured due to the negligence then contact a lawyer immediately.
We have previously discussed attending trial when an injury victim has been paralyzed. Many of those same concepts will apply in a slip and fall case. A jury will be selected. The Plaintiff will present his or her case. The defendant or defendants will then present their evidence and the Plaintiff will follow with rebuttal. The attorneys for each side will then make closing arguments to the jury. After deliberating the jurors will issue a decision regarding liability, comparative fault, and damages. It is the job of your lawyer to ensure that you are prepared for this process.
A key issue in a slip and fall trial is explaining to the jury that the premises operator was negligent in maintaining the property and that such a failure is what led to the victim’s injuries. It is important to remember that not all jurors will interpret evidence in the same way. If a store owner, for example, waited thirty minutes longer than normal to check for spills then some jurors may quickly be willing to find that the owner is responsible for any falls while others may be more skeptical. Your counsel must present evidence of negligence and use their closing argument to “connect the dots” laid out by such evidence. This will include appealing to the jury regarding issues such as the timing of the fall, whether the property owner was reckless, as well as other considerations.
It is easy to think of slip and fall cases as minor matters. The truth, however, is that such cases can result in serious harm. This harm may include spinal damage, traumatic brain injury in the event that one hits their head, and even paralysis if they hurt their neck. Such matters are, therefore, more serious than people may realize. When selecting a lawyer to assist you it is important that you pick a firm in which the attorneys have substantial experience in serious injury cases. It is also important to pick a firm which employs its own investigator so that your matter is fully explored. Finally, the defense attorneys will often have the backing of large insurance companies. This means that counsel you select must have the backing necessary to deal with the largest of defendants. All of these things are true regardless of whether you were injured Tarrant, Dallas, Johnson, and Wise counties as well as Fort Worth, Hurst, Euless, Bedford, Haltom City, Richland Hills, North Richland Hills, Watauga, Grapevine, Colleyville, Southlake, Arlington, Keller, Grand Prairie, and Dallas.