Injuries From Falling Due to Unsafe Conditions At An Office or Business? Florida Law May Be on Your Side
In the state of Florida, property and business owners must ensure they provide a safe environment for individuals while on their premises. They have what is called a duty to act with care, as do we all within our day to day interactions in society. The law requires that they make sure their premises are free from defects and unsafe conditions to ensure the safety of the public.
If defects do exist, such as a slippery floor, damaged steps or unsafe escalators, the property and business owners must ensure these areas are clearly marked and that the public is diverted away from a potentially harmful situation. The must also repair and alleviate the harmful condition in a timely manner. If you or a loved one have suffered an injury from a slip in fall, contact our Florida slip & fall attorneys to discuss your legal options for compensation.
Fractured Hips From Slip and Falls Can be Life Threatening
While a fall might not seem as catastrophic as a pileup on the interstate, falls kill thousands of people every year. They pose an increased risk to the elderly. Women 65-69 have that fracture a hip are five times more likely to die in that same year than a woman of the same age who did not fracture a hip. Men are also at risk to fatal complications following a hip fracture. While women aged 65 and older have a mortality rate of 20.8 percent the year following a fractured hip, men at the same age who fracture their hip have a mortality rate of 30.9 percent following year. It is crucial to receive the very best medical attention following a fractured hip or other injury, no matter the age of the victim.
How to Collect Evidence After a Slip and Fall to Increase Your Chances of Receiving Benefits
To prove negligence, you must prove that the business owner had knowledge of the unsafe walking surface. This knowledge can be actual or constructive knowledge. Actual knowledge would be if a store owner saw for themselves or an employee told them about the unsafe floor. An example of constructive knowledge would be if the store owner knew that a batch of their product had been damaged en route to the store and had leaked on the shelves, yet they did not take action to survey the floor. Furthermore, cleaning or other measures to ensure a safe walking surface cannot simply be performed once per day. The premises must be reasonably safe for all invitees at all hours of business. Contact our Florida slip and fall attorneys today.
Store owners will often deny any wrongdoing on their or their business’ part. After you leave, they may go as far as cleaning up any spilled contents or fixing the flooring surface that caused your fall in an attempt to erase any convicting evidence. You must be prepared to collect evidence immediately after your fall by taking photographs of the floor surface and the surroundings. You must determine exactly what caused your fall. If the floor was wet, was it from soapy water, a drip in the ceiling or wall, or spilled contents of a product? By knowing precisely what caused your fall, you are one step ahead in the process of winning your civil case. Next, collect any witness testimony and their contact information. The last two steps are to report the accident to a manager, then to seek medical attention right away. It is not only important to receive that critical attention for your health, but also to show, medically, that you were in fact injured. Have an honest, open discourse with your doctor about the injury. Your medical files will be used as evidence along with your knowledge of what caused the slip, as well as the photographs and witness testimony.
Injuries From a Slip and Fall Accident May Be Serious – Understand Your Legal Rights
When involved in a Florida slip and fall accident, the victim (or victims) may be subjected to various types of injuries of varying degrees of severity. The effects of these injuries often create physical, medical, and financial burdens which may appear insurmountable.
Under Florida law, when an individual is injured as a direct result of someone’s recklessness, carelessness, or negligence, the injured victim may have a legal right and the ability to seek compensation for economic compensatory damages, non-economic compensatory damages, and/or damages for pain and suffering.
Depending upon the circumstances of the slip and fall accident or incident, the severity of the injuries, and other factors, a personal injury victim may be able to seek compensation for:
Contact Our Florida Slip and Fall Attorneys to Review Your Case At No Charge To You
If you require professional legal services regarding a Florida slip, trip, or fall accident, or other personal injury liability issues, be proactive in protecting your legal rights by seeking the legal advice of our experienced lawyers. Contact Hogan Frick to schedule a confidential legal consultation at no charge to you.