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Slip and Fall Cases - Structural Engineers

Posted by Robert T. Karns | Oct 17, 2012 | 0 Comments

Another way that slip & fall cases can be assisted is through the use of an expert witness. When someone falls or is injured on someone else's premises, and because the nature of slip & fall cases requires a good deal of proof in order to recover damages, it is often helpful to have the experience and expertise of an expert witness. There is a lot of evidence that must go into the proof of the case in order to properly represent you, the injured party.

One type of expert witness, structural engineers, are used as experts regarding defects in premises including defective stairways, defective handrails or a lack of handrails, problems with flooring, problems with sidewalks or parking lots, etc. A structural engineer is an expert in identifying the defects and safety hazards that result from the negligence of a premises owner.

These experts are well-versed in the many city and state building codes and refer and interpret their use. National and International codes may also be used - such as the International Property Management Code and the Life Safety Code.

In order to maintain the integrity of any structural evidence, it is necessary to have an the engineer view the scene, identify and take pictures of the defects, and interpret them using the proper codes. This in turn will help prove the negligence on the part of the premises owner.

If you or someone you know has been injured in a slip & fall, you need personal injury attorneys who know the law. Karns & Kerrison personal injury lawyers offer free consultations and no fee unless successful. Their experience in handling cases against negligent business and property owners is extensive, and they are familiar with reviewing the kinds of data that can help prove negligence in an injury situation. Contact them now at any one of their easy to reach Rhode Island locations for a free consultation or more information.

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