Our Knowledgeable Slip-and-Fall Attorneys are Tremendous Assets in Inverness, Tavares and Clermont, FL
Slip-and-fall accidents are not trivial matters
One of the most common types of premises liability cases are so-called “slip-and-fall” cases. That phrase tends to understate the severity of the injuries such accidents can cause, as well as the frequency with which they occur. If you or someone you love has suffered an injury in a slip-and-fall accident, you owe it to yourself to speak with a reputable Central Florida attorney at Largey Law and determine your legal options.
What is a slip-and-fall accident?
A slip-and-fall accident occurs when a person encounters a hidden hazard, such as a spill on a floor, and the sudden loss of traction causes a fall. A slip can cause injury, such as muscle strain, even when a fall does not occur. Falls can involve severe injury and even death. Lawyers also use the term “trip and fall” for incidents where an uneven surface or debris cause the victim to take a fall.
What are the most common slip-and-fall injuries?
A slip and fall can cause severe trauma leading to chronic pain, permanent disability or worse. According to the National Safety Council, 34,673 people died in falls at home or at work in 2016. Common slip-and-fall injuries include:
- Head trauma, including concussions and traumatic brain injury
- Neck and back injuries
- Joint injuries
- Spinal cord damage
- Muscle and ligament tears
- Broken bones
Falls from one floor level to another, including stairway falls, are the most likely to cause serious injury. But significant harm can result even from a short fall onto a hard surface, especially if the victim is elderly. Our attorneys have experience managing a wide range of serious slip-and-fall cases involving head and brain injuries, soft tissue injuries, and spinal injuries.
What do you have to prove in a slip & fall claim?
Slip-and-fall cases fall under the umbrella of premises liability law. These are the key elements:
- You must prove the owner or one of his or her representatives (for example, an employee) caused the condition that led to the fall, failed to resolve it, or, with the exercise of reasonable care, was aware or should have been aware of the condition.
- Your own carelessness may have contributed to your injury. Under the rules of comparative negligence, your own conduct can cause a judge or an insurance adjuster to weigh the evidence in your case differently.
- If your injury occurred in a private residence, you must determine who is legally responsible for maintaining the property in question. It could be an owner or a tenant, based on specific wording in various contracts.
Remember, time may not be on your side. Florida allows victims four years from the date of the injury to file a premises liability legal claim.
If your injury occurred on public or government property, you may have even less time. Governments usually require private citizens to file a notice of claim advising of the important facts before being able to file suit. Additionally, the amount of compensation available is limited in most circumstances. The government claim process includes its own set of guidelines and deadlines and if they are not followed precisely, a valid case may be avoided by the responsible agency despite clear liability.
What compensation is available to slip-and-fall accident victims?
Victims of slip-and-fall accidents may be entitled to compensation for medical bills, lost income, rehabilitation costs, costs of personal services and physical pain and mental suffering. In cases of permanent injuries, damages for loss of enjoyment of life or quality of life are also available.
What is the statute of limitations on a premises liability claim?
Florida law allows four years from the date of your injury to pursue a legal claim. However, to have the strongest case possible, you should act immediately while witnesses’ memories are fresh and evidence can be gathered and preserved. Therefore, it’s vitally important that you contact a personal injury attorney as soon as possible.
Take the steps necessary to protect your rights today
Premises liability and slip-and-fall cases require experienced legal guidance. If you or a loved one suffered such an injury in Tavares, Inverness, Clermont or anywhere in Central Florida, contact Largey Law at 352-253-0456 or online today. We can schedule your free initial consultation around your unique scheduling needs. Se habla español.