What Should I Do After a Florida Shopping Mall Injury?
Did you slip or fall when you were out shopping? It is common for people to trip in stores, parking lots, and food markets. Often, individuals can get up and walk away. But there are times when these accidents cause severe injuries. People have even required hospitalization and ongoing treatments to heal.
After a slip and fall accident, you are entitled to compensation if the accident happened due to the negligence of another. In a store or mall case, this is likely the owner of the property. After all, the owner is responsible for maintaining a safe place for the public. If those responsibilities are not met, damage recovery for lost wages and medical bills is possible.
Do I Have the Slip-and-Fall Documentation I Need?
If you are interested in moving forward with a slip-and-fall personal injury claim, meet with a Florida personal injury attorney to discuss your situation. Let the legal team help you know about all the documentation you have, including doctor bills, lost income, physical therapy needs, pictures of where the injury happened, and if there was anyone who witnessed the event. If additional information is needed, the lawyer will let you know what documentation is needed and why.
It is helpful to be timely as there is a statute of limitations on personal injury cases. The time frame varies from state to state, in Florida, according to Florida Statutes Section 95.11, the statute of limitations is four years. Personal injury cases can take time, there may be an exploratory process so filing as soon as possible is recommended. Then, there is the time available to build the best possible case.
What Are the Dangers that Lead to Injuries?
When someone trips or falls and is injured, there is not always the possibility of a personal injury claim. In order for a claim to move forward, it must be proven the event occurred because a property owner did not provide an environment that is reasonably safe.
Some of the risks that could lead to a claim:
- Handrails that are unsafe
- Improper or poor lighting
- Carpeting with tears or rips
- Cables and cords not taped down
- Uneven surfaces and broken sidewalks
- Debris and clutter
- Improper changes in elevation
- Improper or poor lighting
- Neglected and broken staircases
- Wet floors from cleaning, drips or rain
- Oil slicks in parking lots
When there are dangers on a property, they need to be repaired right away. In situations where the repair cannot happen immediately, the property owner needs to post a warning so the public can avoid the danger. If a property owner does not fix an issue or warn customers of the risks, there is a possibility they can be held liable.
Do you have an injury because you slipped and fell in Florida? The attorneys at Roman & Roman have over 100 years of combined experience and can help you understand your rights and move toward damage recovery. Whether you were injured in Clearwater, Hudson, or Tampa, an experienced personal injury attorney is available to help.