West Palm Beach Slip and Falls Accidents
Being involved in a slip and fall accident can dramatically change your life. From expensive medical bills to lost wages, it can feel like a never-ending ordeal. It is even more upsetting if you weren’t responsible for the accident because places like department stores, hotels, grocery stores, and restaurants are supposed to be safe. Not only must you try to rebuild your life, you must live with the devastating knowledge that the incident could have been avoided entirely. The last thing you need to deal with is the stress of being bullied or given the runaround from insurance companies. Our job is to give you peace-of-mind and partner with you through the process of obtaining the compensation you deserve. You may be able to recover some of your financial losses by filing a claim against the business or company responsible for your accident.
Common Injuries From Slip and Falls Accidents
Property owners in Florida are legally obligated to maintain a reasonably safe environment for visitors. When a business or government entity fails to fulfill this requirement, it can lead to slip and fall injuries ranging from minor to catastrophic. The most common slip and fall injuries include:
- Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)
- Back and Spinal Injuries
- Hip Injuries
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SLIP AND FALLS ACCIDENT CLAIMS BASICS
In a South Florida slip and fall case, the injured person must prove three things to the court:
- The property owner or business owed a duty of care to the injured person. For example, a store that is open for business invites the public to come in and shop, thus they have an obligation to ensure that their property is safe.
- The property owner or business neglected to use reasonable care in maintaining or operating the property. Based on the evidence of each case, the court determines what is reasonable.
- Because the property owner or business didn't use reasonable care, a person was injured.
In Florida, a slip and fall case must be filed within four years of the date of the injury. If the statute of limitations runs out, you will not be able to file a case.
Consulting a slip and fall attorney in South Florida does not necessarily mean you are filing a lawsuit. Depending on your case, you may be able to reach a settlement out of court. Due to the complicated nature of South Florida slip and fall cases, you may need to take legal action. An experienced South Florida slip and fall attorney can review your case and present the best proof to the court.
SLIP AND FALLS ACCIDENTS
Slip and fall accidents happen in South Florida for a variety of reasons. One of the most common causes is negligence on the part of the landowner, business entity, or property owner in maintaining reasonably safe premises, as outlined in Florida Premises Liability Law. If the owner or manager is aware that some part of the property is not safe, they have an obligation to fix the problem right away. If their failure to comply results in a slip and fall injury, they may be held responsible for their negligence. An experienced personal injury attorney can help you determine if you have a case