The Role of Surveillance Videos in Slip and Fall Accidents in Stores


December 16, 2016

Atlanta Personal Injury Attorneys Discuss the Role of Surveillance Videos in Slip and Fall Accidents in Stores

Grocery stores, department stores, and other retail chains have a legal duty to keep their establishment reasonably safe from hazards that might cause slip/trip and fall accidents. This duty might take the form of providing adequate warnings to suppliers and shoppers or making fall hazards safe. In this blog article, our Atlanta personal injury lawyers discuss the role of video surveillance in proving a slip and fall accident in a grocery store or department store.

Victims injured in falls should be aware that these cases are difficult to prove because it often devolves into the shopper's word against the store owner. The store might dispute liability by contending that the victim "staged" the accident or fabricated the incident. Even if liability appears fairly clear, the store owners often contend, unfairly, that the fall victim is exaggerating or lying about the existing or severity of any injuries.

There are many types of evidence that our Atlanta slip and fall accident lawyers might rely on to prove the fall occurred and the severity of the injury.  However, video footage can both confirm that a fall occurred and helped verify the severity of the injury. When a store shopper falls and suffers a brain damage, video footage can establish that the fall victim's head struck the floor or another hard surface.

Video footage also can provide evidence that facilitates identifying the specific negligent conduct that caused the fall-related injury. The video could also reveal a substance on the floor or an object in the walkway that is not properly cleaned up or cleared. In other cases, the owner of the store also might decline to place sufficient warnings of a potential fall hazard despite knowledge of the existence of the unsafe condition. We also use video evidence to confirm the length of time that a hazard is present without being corrected. This duration of time can be a critical issue when pursuing an injury claim involving a fall in a store, restaurant, bar or other establishment.

Retail establishments and other businesses open to the public recognize the risk of liability when customers are injured in a trip and fall or slip and fall accident. In the appropriate cases, our experienced Atlanta fall injury lawyers conduct investigations and take steps to obtain store surveillance video before the footage is deleted.

Put Our Law Firm's Over 32 Years of Legal Experience to Work For You

If you or someone close to you is injured in a slip and fall accident in a supermarket, department store, or other retail business, our experienced Atlanta personal injury lawyers are committed to pursuing the fullest monetary recovery under the law for our clients. Montlick and Associates has been representing those who suffer serious injuries throughout Georgia and in the Southeast for over thirty-two years, including but not limited to Albany, Athens, Atlanta, Augusta, Columbus, Gainesville, Macon, Marietta, Rome, Roswell, Savannah, Smyrna, Valdosta, Warner Robins and all smaller cities and rural areas in the state.

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Category: Personal Injury

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