Slip and Fall Accidents in Florida: Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Every year, more than one million Americans seek emergency medical attention after a slip and fall accident. If you were hurt in a slip and fall, you may be entitled to financial compensation through a premises liability claim. We want to make sure that you know your rights and your options. Here, our Miami personal injury lawyers answer frequently asked questions about slip and fall accidents in Florida.
Florida Slip and Falls: Answering Four Important Questions
What Should I Do After a Slip and Fall Accident?
After a slip and fall accident, it is crucial that you take immediate action to protect your health, well-being, and legal claim. First and foremost, you need to get professional medical attention. Make sure you see a doctor. Nothing is more important than your safety. Emergency medical needs are paramount. Serious injuries require a doctor’s evaluation.
You should always take proactive steps to document the slip and fall accident. Write down what happened and why. If possible, take photographs of the property hazard and get the contact information for any witnesses. Before making any statements to the property owner or an insurance company, consult with a Florida premises liability attorney.
What is the Statute of Limitations in a Slip and Fall Accident Claim in Florida?
In Florida, slip and fall accident victims typically have four years to file a lawsuit. If you do not take action before the statute of limitations expires, your personal injury claim can be dismissed without ever getting a formal hearing. Do not wait to get started with the process. Your slip and fall accident requires an immediate investigation.
When Can I Hold a Property Owner Liable for a Slip and Fall?
You can hold a business or property owner liable for a slip and fall if the accident occurred because of their negligence. What constitutes negligence by a property owner depends on many different factors—it could be anything from an unrepaired leak to broken lighting in a dark stairwell.
Liability is complicated. You need a lawyer who knows Florida’s unique slip and fall laws. As an example, under Florida Statute § 768.0755, liability for a slip and fall on a transitory foreign substance in a business establishment requires proving the defendant’s actual or constructive knowledge of hazard.
What Types of Compensation are Available for Injured Victims?
In Florida, slip and fall accident victims can seek financial compensation for both economic and non economic losses. You may be eligible to recover money damages:
- Medical bills;
- Lost wages;
- Pain and suffering:
- Long term disability; and
- Additional damages.
Of course, even when liability is established, property owners and insurance companies never make the claims process easy. Our Miami, FL premises liability lawyers will help you maximize your financial support.
Schedule a Free Slip and Fall Accident Consultation Today
At Pike & Lustig, LLP, our Florida premises liability attorneys have the skills and expertise to handle slip and fall accident claims. We will fight aggressively to help you maximize your compensation. If you or someone you care about was hurt in a slip and fall, our lawyers can help. Call us now for a free consultation. We represent slip and fall accident victims throughout Southeastern Florida.