What to Know about Slip and Fall Personal Injury Cases
If you have slipped, tripped or fallen on someone’s property due to their negligence to keep the property safe, you may have the right to compensation for your injuries. Slip and fall cases are common and fall under premises liability law. You may have medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering that are related to your slip and fall injury. While visiting with an experienced personal injury lawyer can help you better build your case, you may be interested to learn the basics of a slip and fall personal injury case.
Do You Have a Valid Slip and Fall Accident Case?
A personal injury attorney can help you understand your legal rights in a slip and fall case and determine if you have a valid claim. Consider the following questions:
- Did you have a legal right to be on the other person’s property?
- Did the owner know that someone would be on their property?
- Was the dangerous or hazardous area noticeable to an average person or avoidable?
- Did the property owner set up a barrier to warn people of the danger, or post any signs with respect to any possible hazardous condition?
- Were you distracted for any reason, such as texting or talking on your cell phone, at the time of the slip and fall accident?
- Would a reasonable person behaving in a reasonable way also have been injured due to the dangerous or hazardous condition?
These questions are not comprehensive, however, if you are able to answer these questions in such a way that a reasonable person would have also had a slip and fall accident due to the property owner’s negligence, you may be able to receive compensation for your injuries.
Establishing a Slip and Fall Accident Case
Personal liability cases require that four criteria are met to prove that another person is responsible and liable for your injury and damages.
- Duty of Care. The property owner had a duty to keep their premises in a safe condition free from hazards and danger for visitors, guests, patrons, or customers.
- Breach of Duty. The property owner failed to keep the premises in a safe condition, thus breaching their duty to the visitors, guests, patrons, or customers.
- The property owner’s breach of duty to keep the premises in a safe condition directly caused the slip and fall accident, and your injuries and damages.
- Actual injuries or damages must have occurred due to the breach of duty.
Statute of Limitations
The statute of limitations is a deadline that states how long you have to file your claim after an accident in Florida. Florida’s statute of limitations deadline for slip and fall accidents is approximately four years.
Contact an Experienced Personal Injury Attorney
Slip and fall accidents are complex, which is why the statute of limitations is four years. Before you settle with an insurance company that may not have your best interest in mind, contact an experienced personal injury lawyer to help you understand your rights.
If you or a loved one were injured in a slip and fall accident in the state of Florida, the experienced attorneys at Roman & Roman are here to represent you. Our lawyers have over 100 years of combined legal experience and have recovered millions of dollars on behalf of our clients. Contact us today in Hudson, Tampa, or Clearwater.