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Challenges During New Hampshire Slip-And-Fall Lawsuits

April 20, 2021

Despite widespread media depictions, slip-and-fall accidents are rarely straightforward and often present injury victims with significant challenges. New Hampshire slip-and-fall accident claims require injury victims to present legally sound cases. In order to recover, plaintiffs must ensure that their cases are solid enough to overcome legal and factual challenges from the defense. New Hampshire injury victims should consult with an attorney to discuss their rights and remedies after a slip-and-fall.

A defendant may present legal challenges based on jurisdiction, discovery, evidentiary issues, and jury charges. The majority of these challenges stem from a statutory basis, New Hampshire state and federal rules of evidence, and civil procedure rules. Plaintiffs must ensure that they file their complaints in the appropriate court. In most cases, the law requires the claim to be filed in the location where the incident happened. However, in certain situations, there may be more than one appropriate venue for the claim. There are many considerations an injury victim should evaluate before deciding where to file a claim.

Moreover, many slip-and-fall victims face challenges during discovery. Discovery is the process of gathering evidence and witnesses to support your claim. A recent piece by a woman who fell and shattered her arm on an icy sidewalk highlights the importance of effective and complete discovery. The woman faced many issues pursuing her claim and explained the importance of documenting evidence after an incident. This includes photographing the scene, seeking medical treatment, informing the property owner, and establishing expenses.

Further, most slip-and-fall cases require testimony from an expert witness. However, defendants will often object to a plaintiff’s expert witness by diminishing the expert’s qualifications and designation as an expert. Finally, after a plaintiff presents their case, the judge will read out written statements of law to the jury. A plaintiff’s attorney can present a legal basis for a jury instruction that is most favorable to their client.

Legal representation is a critical key to success for New Hampshire slip-and-fall victims. An attorney can assist a client in determining all potential defendants and the best avenue for relief. Attorneys can handle all parts of a claim, from drafting a complaint, engaging in arbitration and mediation, settlement discussions, trials, and appeals. These situations can be daunting and stressful for injury victims, especially if they are still in the midst of recovery or grief.

Have You Suffered Injuries in a New Hampshire Slip-and-Fall?

If you or someone you love has suffered injuries or died in a New Hampshire slip-and-fall accident, contact the attorneys at Peter Thompson & Associates for assistance. The lawyers at our office have extensive experience handling all stages of a personal injury lawsuit. We have successfully represented clients in accidents stemming from motor vehicle collisions, medical negligence, premises liability, defective products, and wrongful death. We provide our clients with respect, compassion, and fierce advocacy on their behalf. Our attorneys have recovered significant amounts of compensation on behalf of our clients. Contact the injury attorneys at our office at 800-804-2004 to schedule a free initial consultation.