If you or a loved one has suffered a slip and fall accident in Florida, you may be considering filing a slip and fall claim for your injuries. At The Law Place, we understand that slip and fall accidents can cause a lot of grief to their injured victims through no fault of their own. If you are suffering a slip and fall injury, you may be seeking the help of a personal injury lawyer.
A personal injury lawyer will be able to examine your case and help you reach a slip and fall settlement that will compensate you for your injuries. In a slip and fall settlement, you could expect to receive damages to cover your medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, and much more. All slip and fall accidents are different. Therefore, there is no such thing as an “average” slip and fall settlement. However, if you contact us today for a free consultation, our personal injury attorneys will be able to examine your slip and fall case and your injuries to try and give you an idea of what sort of settlement you could receive from an insurance company or property owner.
An attorney-client relationship at The Law Place is one of immense commitment and loyalty. We promise that we will work as hard as we can to ensure that you receive the compensation that you deserve. Call us today for a free consultation to understand what your slip and fall case could be worth. A reputable attorney at our law firm will give you all the legal advice you may be searching for. Call us now at (941) 444-4444. Phone lines are open 24/7.
How Long Do Slip and Fall Settlements Take?
If you have suffered a slip and fall injury and are already in negotiations with an insurance company or property owner trying to settle your case, you may be wondering how long it typically takes for slip and fall accidents to be settled. Unfortunately, a slip and fall case might take quite a while before a settlement is reached. This is because in a case like this, it is often difficult to prove negligence. If you are unable to prove the negligence of the owner of the property, you might struggle to get the compensation that you deserve for your injuries.
In Florida, the typical legal timeline for a slip and fall accident claim will include the following stages:
- Seek the necessary medical treatment, care, and attention.
- File a complaint and summons.
- Wait to receive an answer from the defendant. This is typically the owner of the property.
- Send the demand letter.
- Pre-trial discovery phase.
- Pre-trial discovery motions.
- Mediation and settlement.
- Collect your judgment.
It is clear to see from this how these cases can take a lot of time and a great amount of work to settle. Attorneys at our law firm will have your back and work as hard as they can to ensure the legal process is over as quickly as possible. We value our clients greatly, and we will spend all the time necessary to get you the justice that you deserve. Often, a case will not have to go to court, and a lawsuit can be avoided. However, an attorney at The Law Place would advise their client to file a lawsuit if negotiations are not progressing and the settlement offered is unsatisfactory.
What General Damages Could I Receive in a Slip and Fall Case?
Unfortunately, slip and fall accidents occur frequently in Florida. The National Safety Council (NSC) has reported that over 800,000 people in the United States are hospitalized after suffering slip and fall accidents every year. Many people suffer injuries and are eligible to receive compensation. Our attorneys at The Law Place can help people that have suffered injuries receive the compensation that they deserve. Some of the compensation that injured victims can receive for their accident in Florida include:
- Lost wages.
- Medical bills.
- Pain and suffering.
- Permanent injuries or disability.
- Future medical bills.
- Additional bills or expenses that directly relate to the accident or injury.
How Is Slip and Fall Pain and Suffering Calculated?
Asides from receiving compensation for the general damages related to your injuries after a slip and fall accident, there are further factors that you can claim compensation for. For example, you may be eligible to claim for how your injuries have impacted your personal life and family life. Pain and suffering can be difficult to quantify, but with the help of a lawyer, you will be able to file a claim for pain and suffering based on:
- Your worrying and grief.
- The time you have lost with friends and families at events you have been unable to attend because of your injuries.
- Sleep problems.
- Your loss of enjoyment for life.
- The inconvenience.
Do Most Slip and Fall Cases Settle Outside of Court?
In Florida, premises liability claims and personal injury claims tend to reach a settlement outside of court. Typically, cases avoid having to file a lawsuit as insurance companies and property owners wish to avoid the additional court expenses.
In fact, only 2% of all slip and fall accident cases ever go to trial. There are many reasons for this, perhaps the greatest being that the courts in Florida would simply not be able to manage the volume of cases that occur.
Furthermore, usually, the threat of taking a case to court is enough to persuade insurers and property owners to offer a fair slip and fall settlement that the victim deserves. If you have any queries or concerns regarding a potential lawsuit for your case, don’t hesitate to contact us today for a free consultation. An attorney will be able to examine your injuries and case to give you all the legal advice you may be searching for.
What Is the Average Cost of a Slip and Fall Accident?
All slip and fall accident cases differ, and there is no such thing as an “average” payout. The amount that accident victims can get in compensation is usually dependent on several factors. These factors include:
- Who the negligent party is. In slip and fall cases, this is usually the owner of the property.
- The impact that the injuries have had on your life.
- How severe the injuries are that you have sustained.
A lawyer at our law firm will be able to examine your case to discover what compensation you would be eligible to claim for and receive in a settlement. We can help you win the justice that you deserve.
Is It Important to Act Quickly After Suffering a Slip and Fall in Florida?
You must act quickly after suffering a slip and fall as time is not on your side. One of the reasons why it is crucial to act quickly is because the critical evidence needed to prove negligence becomes less credible as time goes on. This can be because some evidence, such as surveillance footage, is only available for a short period of time before it gets wiped.
Another reason why it is important to act quickly is that memories can fade over time. The evidence that witnesses can be very important in helping to prove negligence in your case. However, their statements will become less credible over time, and therefore, not as beneficial to your case. The longer you leave it to claim for your injuries, the more difficult it will become for you to successfully win the compensation that you deserve.
Not only this, but Florida Statute 713.23 states that accident victims only have four years from the date of their accident to claim for their injuries. This is even less if the accident resulted in a fatality. According to Florida’s statute of limitations, families of deceased loved ones only have two years to file for wrongful death after their loved one is killed.
Time is definitely not on the side of the victim. Even if you think that four years is long enough to make a claim, we strongly recommend that you seek a settlement as soon as possible following your accident. The sooner that you file your claim, the more credible the evidence will be, and the more likely it that you will receive the full amount of compensation that you deserve.
Call the Law Place Today!
If you or someone you love has been the innocent victim of a slip and fall in Florida, you should contact The Law Place. We have a team of skilled lawyers that will build you a case strong enough to win you the settlement that you deserve. We understand how traumatic these accidents can be and how much pain you may have been put through. You should not have to suffer alone.
If you have lost wages, have mounting medical expenses, or have lost all enjoyment for life, give us a call. In a free consultation, a personal injury attorney will be able to examine your case, estimate the value of your claim, and estimate the amount you could get in a settlement. Our offices are open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Call us now at (941) 444-4444.