Slip and falls have been the source of laughter throughout history. Comedies make light of these injuries constantly, and many people might think that slip and falls aren’t a serious matter. This couldn’t be further from the truth.
In the real world, slip and fall injuries are the leading cause of accidental death, second only to car crashes. While the Three Stooges might be able to escape a slip and fall with a minor bump on the head, you might not be so lucky. An injury from a slip and fall accident may allow you to sue for pain and suffering damages.
The Law Place has over 75 years of combined experience dealing with slip and fall accidents. Our lawyers will work as a team on your case and offer peace of mind while you recover from your injuries. We’ll handle the paperwork and worry about the deadlines. Don’t negotiate with a negligent property owner when an exceptional legal team can do the arguing for you.
Schedule your free consultation with The Law Place and speak with a qualified accident lawyer today. Each case is unique, and you could be entitled to more damages than you know.
Call us today at (941) 444-4444.
What Is a Slip and Fall?
A slip and fall claim is a type of premises liability case where someone injures themselves by slipping on a foreign substance. Property owners are responsible for maintaining walkways, parking lots, and other accessible areas to a high standard of safety. When patrons or pedestrians injure themselves in a slip and fall accident on the property, responsible parties can be held to account for damages.
For example, private businesses are responsible for safely maintaining the floors in their establishments. If an employee spills oil in the entranceway, managers must put up signage warning of the spill and quickly clean it before anyone can injure themselves.
These types of injuries are far too common. According to The Center for Disease Control, unintentional falls are the leading cause of non-fatal injury in the United States. Slip and fall-related injuries are the cause of 15% of accidental deaths, second only to auto accidents.
How Much Should I Settle for After a Slip and Fall?
You may be getting frustrated in your online research by the lack of answers on what an average slip and fall settlement might look like. This is because there is no definite average for slip and fall cases. Every case is unique and requires a specialized look into what damages might be available to the victim.
Tell us the details of your slip and fall accident today. Here at The Law Place, we can provide the legal expertise necessary to pursue your individualized pain and suffering damages against a negligent property owner or business. Maximize your potential payout for your slip and fall accident by consulting with us today.
How Does A Slip and Fall Case Work?
Proving negligence is the cornerstone of any slip and fall case. The Legal Information Institute defines negligence as failure to provide the level of care that someone would ordinarily provide under the same circumstances. This usually pertains to actions but also concerns inaction when there is a duty to.
For example, a store manager has to keep floors clean and dry. When slippery cleaning product is left on the floor with no sign warning of the danger, the manager would be negligently responsible if someone injured themself as a result. In this case, they failed to provide adequate care for their customers through their inaction.
Florida Statute 768.0755 states that the victims of fall accidents must prove that a property owner or responsible party had “constructive knowledge” of the hazard which caused the injury. This means that the responsible parties must have known of the hazard and provided the level of care that a reasonable person would have in the same situation.
If it can be proven that adequate steps were not taken, victims of slip and falls can bring responsible parties to court for damages. Your lawyer will argue that you deserve measured compensation for your injuries. You should keep any records of medical bills, prescriptions, willing witness names and addresses, and any other evidence that may be pertinent to your claim. Property owners may attempt to hide evidence, so you should be proactive in pursuing your accident case before this is possible.
According to Florida Statute 95.11(3)(a), you have four years from the date your injuries occurred to file your accident claim, barring exigent circumstances that may shorten or lengthen the amount of time available to you.
To properly manage the individual needs of your accident case, The Law Place recommends enlisting the aid of a qualified slip and fall accident attorney. We can take you step by step through the process of filing a lawsuit and pursuing damages in civil court. We will worry about the deadlines, so you can focus on recovering from your injuries.
Schedule your free consultation with The Law Place today.
Do I Need a Lawyer to Win Slip and Fall Accident Cases?
The answer to this question depends on how you might define “win.” Although you could potentially settle with a property owner or business in your slip and fall case, it is likely that this payout will be far less than what you could achieve with the help of a personal injury lawyer.
While your out-of-court settlement could cover your medical bills, without a lawyer, you have little to no chance of recovering adequate compensation for your pain and suffering. It is in a business and property owners’ interest to reduce your potential payout as much as possible. This is especially true when dealing with insurance companies, which have teams of adjusters and investigators on their payroll whose entire job is to devalue and delegitimize your case.
The Law Place will always recommend at least consulting with a personal injury attorney before pursuing damages for your slip and fall case. We offer a no-obligation free consultation in which you can discuss your options with a qualified lawyer.
What Can a Personal Injury Lawyer Do for Me?
Slip and fall injury attorneys will handle the complex paperwork that any premises liability claim entails. Some deadlines must be met, and there are court proceedings that must be filed. In any personal injury case, negligence must be proven, which itself is an incredibly arduous process.
Think about your life. Do you have the time to take away from your responsibilities to interview strangers and organize CCTV footage? Collect property licenses and prove constructive knowledge? Slip and fall cases require all sorts of proof that you may not be aware of, but a qualified law firm will know everything needed to make your claim. The Law Place has investigators that will collect evidence and witness testimony on your behalf.
Focus on recovering from your injuries and let the professionals make the accident claim for you.
Contact The Law Place Slip and Fall Lawyers Today
Have you been injured due to a slippery surface like oil, grease, or a cleaning product? Do you believe it’s the result of bad management or negligent property maintenance?
Contact The Law Place law firm today to discuss your options. Our qualified personal injury and slip and fall attorneys are here to provide all the resources necessary to pursue slip and fall accident claims. You may be entitled to financial compensation beyond your medical bills or personal expenses. Schedule your free consultation with a lawyer now and tell us how we can help.
Slip and fall cases are no joke.
Call The Law Place today at (941) 444-4444.