Another way it can help is by showing the length of time that a hazard existed. For instance, there’s an obvious spill on the floor of a store. Footage from surveillance cameras may indicate that the spill had been there for an hour with several employees walking past it. This could show negligence.

Also, footage could show that not only was there a hazardous condition, but there were no warning signs posted or barriers preventing people from entering. An example would be stairs that have been recently waxed with no caution tape surrounding them or a sign indicating they are slippery. If the owner placed a sign near the stairs after the accident occurred then video surveillance could prove the victim’s innocence.

Obtaining Video Surveillance after a Slip and Fall Accident

People who have been injured shouldn’t expect the company, manager or whoever is in charge to just hand over the video footage. In fact, there is the chance that efforts will be made to destroy or alter what was captured on the camera. So it’s important to act quickly in securing legal representation if the injuries sustained were serious.

An attorney will review the details of the case to determine if there is a legitimate claim to be made. And if so, will make sure any evidence in the property owner’s possession (such as video surveillance) is preserved, by sending a legal notice that it’s not to be tampered with or erased.

Keep in mind that what’s captured on camera isn’t the only proof necessary in a premises liability case. For example, plaintiffs must prove they had a legal right to be on the property: whether a commercial or private property.

Legal right to property access largely depends on the injured party’s classification: invitee, licensee, or trespasser. Discuss these issues and more with attorney Jason R. Schultz in Peachtree City. Set up your appointment today. Call 303-300-5060 or fill out the online contact form.

Jason R. Schultz
Helping Georgia area residents with car accident, medical malpractice, and personal injury claims since 1991.