Although they seem harmless, slip and fall accidents can be incredibly dangerous and often lead to painful injuries. The National Floor Safety Institute reports that injuries of this kind account for more than 8 million emergency room visits every year. This makes slips and falls the leading cause of ER visits.
When these injuries occur on someone else’s property or in a commercial establishment, the potential for serious injury may be even greater. Bones may be cracked on hard concrete floors or worse, you may hit your head and suffer a brain injury.
If you have been injured in a Florida slip and fall accident, you should know that the law allows you to pursue compensation for your injuries. Under Florida laws, owners and operators of premises owe a duty to ensure their premises are maintained in a safe condition for visitors. When they fail in this duty, they may be held responsible for the injuries that result.
Treating injuries from a slip and fall accident can also be an expensive addition to healthcare bills and will often strain family finances. You do not have to bear this financial burden on your own.
At the Law Office of Jeremiah D. Allen, we have helped many Florida residents claim fair compensation for the wrongful injuries they have suffered. We understand the financial implications of slip and fall injuries, and this is why we are committed to pulling out the stops on behalf of our clients.
If you were injured in a Florida slip and fall accident, our slip and fall attorneys can help you pursue the compensation you deserve. Call us at 407.415.9626 to learn of your rights and options today.
Common injuries from slip and fall accidents
Slip and fall accidents commonly result in a variety of serious injuries. The potential for serious injury is usually a result of how the physics of a fall works. When a person is falling, they typically have no control over their body, especially when the slip or fall was sudden. In addition, all their weight gets transferred to the point that may likely make contact with the floor or any obstacle.
Due to this, contact with any object or the floor from a slip and fall accident can be terribly painful and often leads to serious injuries. For instance, if you slip and land on your knees, you may be exposed to knee ligament damage, an injury that can take months to heal. Other common injuries that may result from a slip and fall injury include:
Dislocated arm or shoulder
Cracked shin bones
Displaced patella in the knee
Bone fractures or breaks
Traumatic brain injuries
Abrasions or lacerations
Any one of these injuries can be problematic, needing months of medical attention, and most will be very painful. If you were injured in a slip and fall because a business owner was negligent, you can hold the at-fault individual or organization responsible.
What should you do if injured in a slip and fall?
Receiving compensation for a slip and fall injury in Florida will often require filing a claim against a commercial organization or their insurer. Many of these claims are filed against large corporations such as Walmart, Dollar General and Disney.
As a result, it is often necessary to ensure that the personal injury claim has a solid foundation and all the basics are tied up. This includes doing the following in the immediate aftermath of your slip and fall accident:
Seek medical attention immediately. Even if you don’t feel injured, ensure you see a doctor as soon as you can. This helps to catalog all your injuries and forestall arguments that you were not really injured in the accident.
File a report. If your accident was in a commercial building, search out the business or building manager and file a report of the accident. This helps to document the incident and show that it actually occurred.
Speak to witnesses. If there are people who witnessed the accident, speak to them to get a more rounded version of how the accident occurred. Remember to collect their contact information.
Take pictures of the scene. If your slip was caused by a puddle of water leaking out of a freezer for instance, take pictures of both the puddle and the freezer.
Preserve the evidence. Do not dispose of anything you were wearing or had with you on the day. It will help the experts reconstruct the accident and establish your claim for compensation.
Write down what happened. As time goes by, your memories of the incident may become dulled. To prevent this, write down all you can remember about the accident soon after.
Contact a Florida slip and fall accidents attorney. This will be the most vital step you can take towards recovering compensation.
Establishing liability for slip and fall injuries in Florida
Establishing liability for slip and fall accidents can often be complicated since it requires showing that someone else was negligent and owned the fault as a result.
Under Florida law, owners and operators of premises must maintain their building in a safe condition. They should ensure that no hazards exist that can result into injury for people that come into the building.
Where a hazardous condition exists, such as lines snaking haphazardly all over the place, they have a responsibility to remove it immediately. If they are unable to remove the hazardous condition at once, they must at least warn visitors of the hazardous condition. A practical example of the application of this rule is the wet floor notices businesses must put up when an employee is cleaning the floor.
For a plaintiff to succeed in a lawsuit for a slip and fall injury, they are required to show the following:
There was a hazardous condition in the establishment
The establishment knew or should have known about the hazardous condition
The condition existed for such a length of time that it should have been remedied or the condition was foreseeable because it occurred regularly
The establishment failed to remedy the condition and this led to injury to the plaintiff
In order to properly show these factors, it will be necessary to provide evidence if the case goes to court. Even when a claim is being made only with the establishment’s insurer, the claim should sufficiently show that these factors exist for a positive settlement to be made.
Due to the complex nature of these cases, most plaintiffs choose to work with a Florida slip and fall accident attorney to increase their chances of recovering fair compensation.
Our Florida slip and fall attorneys can help
Experienced Florida slip and fall injury attorney, Jeremiah Allen keenly understands the Florida premises liability laws. As a former prosecutor, he has extensive trial experience and knows the exact facts and evidence you need for a successful slip and fall injury claim.
He has helped many Florida residents recover the compensation they deserve and move on from their injuries. He can help you assert your rights against large corporations and powerful insurance companies to recover the compensation you deserve.
We offer free and confidential initial consultations and will not collect a dime unless you make a positive recovery. Call 407.415.9626 to explore your