In the United States, slip and fall accidents account for more than 8 million injuries each year, and nearly 16,000 Americans aged 65 and older die from fall-related injuries each year.
The average person in Florida visits several businesses and stores each day, ranging from gas stations to grocery stores to department stores. We make conscious decisions to enter these businesses, but the the owner of the establishment is responsible to maintain the property in a safe and secure manner. Unfortunately, some business owners may overlook the safety of their customers for several reasons, and in these cases, patrons may be exposed to hazardous conditions that can result in serious injuries from slips and falls.
With almost year-round rain, slip and fall accidents can occur in just about any business in Florida and owners are held accountable for injuries that occur due to their negligence in keeping the property safe. Slip and fall accidents usually fall under premises liability law, and can occur on:
Wet floors from spills, rain water or leaky pipes
Broken or uneven sidewalks
If you are injured because a property owner or business establishment fails to provide a safe environment, you may have a right to compensation for damages and loss, including pain and suffering, medical expenses and lost wages.
If possible after a slip and fall accident, you should:
avoid making any detailed statements concerning fault
get names of owners and managers of property
write names and contact information of witnesses
take photos of the scene and of injuries
save footwear and clothing
seek medical attention for injuries
not give recorded statements to insurance adjusters
call an attorney
It is important to contact an attorney quickly–documenting the current condition of the area in which the accident occurred can be critical in building your case for compensation. Fighter Law personal injury attorneys will begin investigating your accident immediately, gathering documentation, interviewing witnesses and retaining any video footage of the accident. Negligence on behalf of the property owner will be used to negotiate a settlement that covers your losses.
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