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Florida slip and fall accidents happen frequently. Whether you live in Tallahassee, St. Petersburg, or Miami, you could be injured in a slip and fall when you visit the mall, go to dinner at a friend’s home, or stop by the post office. Slip and fall accidents can leave victims with painful and long-term injuries. They can require expensive medical treatment and cause a victim to miss work and lose wages.
Slip and fall accident victims might be able to claim compensation for their injuries when the accident happens on someone else’s property. Florida’s slip and fall rules exist to establish if the property owner is at fault for the accident, and set out how a victim can seek damages for their injuries.
A slip and fall accident can result in a range of injuries – from a sprained wrist to broken bones and severe back injuries. The victim will often have to spend time out of work and spend out-of-pocket on medical treatment. When a slip and fall accident happens on someone else’s property, the property owner may be liable for damages for the victim’s injuries. To be liable, the property owner must have:
Slip and fall cases in Florida often do not make it to court, but will instead be settled after negotiations between the parties and their representatives. The damages that a slip and fall settlement could cover include:
A settlement figure will, most likely, be negotiated by the property owner’s insurance company. For this reason, it is often advisable that a slip and fall victim speaks with an experienced personal injury attorney. They will be able to advise on how a settlement is calculated and can take the lead in the complex settlement negotiations.
Florida law applies the concept of "contributory fault" for slip and fall accidents. This means that a victim’s damages award will be reduced when they have contributed to the accident happening – for example, if they were not paying attention to their surroundings when it happened, or if they ignored the property owner’s verbal warnings about the danger. The amount of compensation will be reduced in proportion to the percentage fault a victim has for the accident.
Florida’s statute of limitations for slip and fall accident claims is four years. This means a victim must file their case within four years of the accident happening.
This article is intended to be helpful and informative. But even common legal matters can become complex and stressful. A qualified slip and fall lawyer can address your particular legal needs, explain the law, and represent you in court. Take the first step now and contact a local slip and fall attorney to discuss your specific legal situation.