Florida Slip and Fall Accident Attorneys
Slips, trips, and falls are some of the most common types of personal injury accidents in the country. Each year, slip-and-fall accidents result in more than 1 million visits to the emergency room. Slip and falls can be severe, causing injuries such as fractured hips, dislocations, sprains, head and brain injuries, and even death (especially in the elderly). Most slip and fall accidents are preventable and stem from environmental hazards such as spilled liquids or freshly waxed floors. In many cases, victims can pursue damage recovery from the at-fault party. If you believe you have grounds for this type of case in Florida, contact Freedland Harwin Valori, PL.
Slip and Fall Laws in Florida
There are three main laws you must know when thinking about bringing a slip-and-fall claim in the state of Florida. First, there is a statute of limitations for bringing this type of claim. A statute of limitations is a deadline for filing the claim, after which the courts will find your case is time barred. Generally speaking, you have four years from the date of your slip-and-fall incident to bring a claim. If the incident resulted in the death of your loved one, you have two years from the date of death.
The second legal concept to keep in mind is comparative negligence. A common defense in slip-and-fall claims is that the injured party bears some amount of blame for the accident. For example, some defendants may suggest the victim could have avoided a spill had he or she been paying more attention. At Freedland Harwin Valori, PL we will do our best to ensure that the jury understands that the defendant is truly the one at fault.
Finally, you need at least a basic understanding of premises liability laws. Slip-and-fall accidents are a common type of premises liability claim, in which an injured visitor sues a property owner for negligently maintaining the premises. Known conditions such as: loose carpeting, inadequate lighting, wet or greasy floors, obstacles in the path, trip hazards, debris, and other dangerous property conditions that cause slip and falls can all result in premises liability claims against the property owner in Florida. As long as you weren’t trespassing at the time of the accident, you could be eligible for compensation.
Proving Your Premises Liability Claim
In a successful slip and fall claim in court, one can prove the property owner was negligent in his or her upkeep of the premises. Property owner negligence can describe any action or failure to act that a reasonable and prudent property owner would not have done in similar circumstances. A common basis for liability is arguing that a reasonable property owner would have recognized the slip-and-fall hazard and repaired it or warned visitors about it in the same situation.
Proving your claim might take an investigation into the accident, interviews with eyewitnesses, and hiring an expert witness to testify on the victim’s behalf. A good attorney can handle all aspects of your claim, so you can focus on recovering from your injuries with peace of mind. A brighter future for slip-and-fall accident victims starts with a free consultation [insert link] at Freedland Harwin Valori, PL. Call us to today to speak with an attorney.