The Use Of Experts In A Slip And Fall Personal Injury Claim.

One of the experts we engage is an engineer.

For example, if a person falls over a railing on someone’s porch, we need to determine if the railing was high enough and if it met the building code. We would have an engineer attend at the premises to determine whether or not the railing indeed violated the building code or was not a reasonably safe railing.
Another commonly used expert would be an expert in slip coefficients. This expert measures the slipperiness of different items or different surfaces. For example, if you slip on a recently waxed floor in a mall, it could be that that wax polish is too slippery and so it’s not reasonably safe for people to walk on. A slip coefficient expert will measure the slipperiness of that surface to determine its level of safety. Experts can be extremely helpful in demonstrating whether or not there’s liability in any particular case.
In a slip and fall case, I tell my clients to keep their shoes and to stop wearing them because they are now evidence. It’s important that they not degrade the sole any further because the expert may well bring that shoe to court because he’s examined it. He might also bring the substance that was used on the floor that made it too slippery. Generally, however, the experts go out, do an examination of the scene and then write a report. They bring the report to court along with their data when they testify.

If you, or someone you care about, is dealing with Personal injury law issues in the London, Ontario Region, contact Lomax Law Firm.

This article is taken from a April 24, 2009 interview with Rein Lomax, LL.B., Personal Injury Lawyer with Lomax Law Firm Professional Corporation in London, a Personal Injury Law Firm. Note that laws vary from province to province. Please consult with a lawyer in your own area to be sure of the laws and specific issues in your own jurisdiction.