What is a slip and fall accident?
A slip and fall accident is a term used for a premise liability case in which an individual slips or trips and becomes injured while on someone else’s property. Slip and fall accidents can happen anywhere and under a variety of circumstances. Hazardous conditions, such as wet floors, torn carpeting, loose floorboards, or cluttered walkways, are often the cause of most slip and falls accidents.
Individuals who are injured in slip and fall accidents while on someone else’s property have the right to receive compensation for their injuries, medical bills, and lost wages. As with all personal injury cases, a victim must prove that negligence played a role in his or her slip and fall accident.
To receive compensation for a slip and fall accident in Florida, you must be able to prove that the property owner or manager not only acted negligently by having unsafe conditions on his or her premises but knew about said conditions and did not take reasonable steps to eliminate the hazard. For example, if you are injured in a slip and fall accident, your attorney will investigate whether or not the dangerous conditions existed long enough for a sensible individual to fix them, whether or not there were protocols in place to prevent accidents such as yours, and whether or not your actions were involved in causing the accident.
Sometimes, the property owner or manager is not the only liable party for a slip and fall accident. Multiple parties can be held accountable for a slip and fall accident, including yourself, and this makes proving negligence even more difficult. Under Florida law, the concept of comparative negligence means that you may only receive part of your compensation for an injury claim because you were partially responsible for the accident.
Opposing attorneys and insurance companies will try to prove that your actions partially (or fully) contributed to the slip and fall accident. Hiring an experienced slip and fall attorney will help protect your rights.