How to Move Forward with a Florida Slip and Fall Case
While nobody wants to slip or trip as they are going about their day, it happens to everyone once in a while. After all, everyone is human. Hopefully, when you do trip and fall you are able to get up and walk away from the event. But there are times when accidents result in serious injuries. When a property owner or manager has not maintained a safe environment, they may be held liable.
In order to move forward with a slip and fall case in the state of Florida, injured individuals are required to settle or file a lawsuit within four years of the accident. Statute of limitations are legal timeframes that must be followed for compensation to be secured. Talk to a Florida personal injury lawyer as soon as possible to secure the best settlement package possible.
Connecting with the Other Party
After a slip and fall injury, a legal professional can take your complaint through the summons and discovery phase. Once you have decided to work with an attorney, the lawyer will notify the other person or entity of the claim moving forward. When documentation is given to the other party, one or all of the following details will be included.
- Individuals who were involved in the event
- Why and how the trip or fall occurred
- The name of the person or entity at fault
- How much compensation is required
Next, you and your legal team will move into the discovery phase when evidence and information is collected. The defense will be gathering information as well. Interrogatories may be part of the process, written questions that are answered in writing as well.
In order to secure a full and fair compensation amount following a slip and fall injury, the plaintiff needs to prove their injury is a direct result of another’s negligence. Documentation and evidence are required. Complex cases can take years. When a case is clear cut resolution can be secured in months. Each situation is unique and requires individual assessment.
Settling a Case through Mediation
Many times, disputes can be settled through mediation and do not require a trial. Essentially, a mediator will negotiate with the lawyers of both parties. There may be some back and forth about the amount of the settlement, for example. Medical expenses are easy to tally but putting a figure on emotional distress can be more complex. A final agreement is possible, particularly when evidence is clear.
A Florida personal injury lawyer has the experience and knowledge needed to strengthen your case. If you have any questions about how to secure a financial settlement, a legal professional can help.
Are you recovering from an injury you sustained when you slipped or tripped on a Florida property? Talk to an experienced attorney as soon as possible to strengthen your case. When another is negligent, you are not responsible for all of the fees connected to an accident. With over 100 years of combined experience, the personal injury lawyers at Roman & Roman will help you to understand your rights. Schedule your free consultation today in Clearwater, Hudson, or Tampa.