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What Evidence Do I Need for a Premises Liability Case?

If you’ve been hurt because of the negligence of a property or business owner, you should document the factors that caused your injury. You’ll need to have documentation that supports your claim for a premises liability case. An experienced personal injury attorney can also help you understand what evidence will help you successfully pursue compensation for your injuries.

Evidence That Can Support Your Case

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In a premises liability lawsuit, a plaintiff has to show how a problem that the property owner should have known about caused them to get hurt. There are many examples of potentially dangerous hazards, such as damaged stairs, broken lights, and unshoveled snow. With the right evidence, you can increase your chances of winning compensation in these cases.

Evidence can take different forms, including the following:

  • Pictures: Use your phone to document the scene once an accident happens. Focus on the hazards responsible for your injuries. You should take pictures as soon as possible because the property owner may attempt to cover their tracks by repairing the issue that caused you to get hurt.
  • Property records or lease agreements: These documents will help you show that the defendant was the property owner at the time of the accident. You and your attorney will review the lease agreements and ownership documents before heading to court to ensure that you’re suing the right person.
  • Police reports: The police report provides an unbiased record of the incident that can serve as support for your story. After a severe injury, you should always contact the police and make a statement.
  • Witness statements: If anyone else is there when you get hurt, ask them to make a statement to the police when the authorities arrive. It may also be a good idea to get their contact information.
  • Expert Witnesses: A knowledgeable attorney can connect you with a medical expert who will determine the extent of your injuries and describe how unsafe conditions on the premises caused them.
  • Medical bills and other records: These documents are essential for proving the extent of your injuries and medical expenses. You should also submit tax documents or pay stubs to establish how much compensation you’ll need to make up for the work you’ve missed because of the accident.

Get Help From Leav & Steinberg LLP

Have you been injured because of unsafe conditions at a business? The attorneys at Leav & Steinberg are here to help you receive the compensation you deserve by filing a premises liability lawsuit. With two offices in Manhattan and the Bronx, we have served clients in the Tri-state area for more than two decades. Contact us online to schedule a free consultation with our personal injury attorneys.