If you or a loved one was injured in a fall on someone else’s property due to their negligence, you may be able to receive compensation and justice through a personal injury lawsuit. A successful lawsuit can help you recover your monetary costs related to the accident and other less tangible damages such as pain and suffering.
You do not have to go through the process of trying to recover for your losses alone. A Davie slip and fall injury lawyer at Ben Crump Law, PLLC are available to help you understand important facts about falls. We offer a free evaluation of your case to determine the best way to handle your individual situation. Call us today at 800-647-3113 to get started.
Determining Liability in a Slip and Fall
In order to have a successful slip and fall case, your fall must have happened on someone else’s property due to a dangerous condition that existed there. A responsible party, often the property owner or manager, must have known or should have known about the dangerous condition, but failed to warn about or fix it.
In Florida, as in other states, property and business owners have a responsibility, known as a duty of care, to maintain their property in a manner that is reasonably safe to prevent injuries to others, to give notice or warning of any hazards, and then repair the defects.
Your attorney will look to prove that the property owner knew of or should have discovered the dangerous condition and neglected to fix it, or that there was some other negligence such as not following building or local codes to reduce hazards.
Specifically, it must be shown that the owner or manager of the property either:
- Knew about the danger and didn’t do what was necessary to fix it, or
- Should have known about the danger because a “reasonable” person responsible for the property would have discovered and removed or repaired the dangerous condition.
In a lawsuit, a Davie slip and fall injury lawyer will present evidence designed to convince judges and juries that the responsible party did not take reasonable steps to safeguard the property. In addition, it must be shown that the defendant:
- Owed you a duty of care, or responsibility not to be injured.
- Failed in this duty because of negligence.
- Your accident occurred due to this negligence.
- You were injured as a result.
In some cases, there may be multiple negligent parties responsible for your accident, such as multiple owners of a business, maintenance workers and the companies they work for, or municipalities if you fell in a public place. Our attorneys will investigate the situation to make sure all responsible parties are named as defendants in a lawsuit.
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Situations that Cause Slip and Fall Accidents
Slip and fall accidents can happen anywhere — at home or work, or at a business, shopping center, restaurant, school, church, or public place. Areas where accidents often occur include:
- Entrance areas and parking lots.
- Sidewalks and walkways.
- Bathrooms and kitchens.
- Stairs, escalators, and elevators.
Frequent causes for slips and falls include:
- Liquid or chemical spills that have not been cleaned.
- Uneven levels of, holes in, or broken floors and walkways.
- Inadequate or broken lighting.
- Broken stairs or railings.
- Bumps in carpet or failure to use slip resistance.
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The Statute of Limitations
Florida’s personal injury law is complicated, so our attorneys will make sure you are familiar with relevant laws and handle your case accordingly. Some legal hurdles we will deal with include the statute of limitations. This is a deadline or time limit on your right to have a lawsuit heard in the court system.
According to Florida Statute § 95.11(3)(a), if you are injured in a slip and fall in Florida, you must get your lawsuit filed within four years from the date of your slip and fall. If you lost a family member in a slip and fall accident, you have two years from the date of the accident to pursue a wrongful death action.
Compensation You May be Entitled To
In a successful slip and fall lawsuit, you may be entitled to a settlement for your damages that include:
- Economic damages or monetary losses – This includes your costs for medical and rehabilitative care, property damage, and your current and future lost wages and earning capacity.
● Non-economic damages – This is less easily quantified damages such as pain and suffering, loss of consortium and ability to enjoy life’s pleasures.
- Wrongful Death – If the slip and fall causes death to a close family member, surviving members may be able to file a wrongful death lawsuit to receive compensation that may include funeral expenses, pain and suffering, and the loss of companionship.
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Get Help from a Davie Slip and Fall Injury Lawyer
The slip and fall law lawyers at Ben Crump Law, PLLC can guide you through the complexities of Florida law and its requirements. We will make sure your case is filed properly within all deadlines. We will also negotiate with and handle communications with insurance companies and lawyers for the property owner, gather evidence and interview witnesses to support your claim, and take your case to trial if necessary.
Contact us today at 800-647-3113 for your free consultation, so we can start fighting to get you the best settlement possible while you concentrate on your recovery.
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