Slip and Fall Accidents

When you have a slip and fall accident, the case can be extremely complicated. If it has occurred on a property owned by another person or business, you may be able to take action and recover your losses under Premises Liability Law, but where it becomes complex is when the property owner where the accident happened denies any responsibility.

There is a reasonable expectation that you will be responsible for being aware of environmental issues and other hazards when you are visiting a home or a business. However, property owners are also required to ensure the safety of their guests and maintain their premises. If you experience a slip and fall accident, the owner’s insurance company may try to prove that your own carelessness contributed to the accident. Proving fault can actually be very difficult in these cases, which is why you need Future Firm Law on your side.

What to Do If You’ve Been Injured in a Slip and Fall

If you have been injured in a slip and fall in the Tampa Bay area, there are several steps that you should take right away:

  • Get medical attention – First, you need to contact emergency medical services, even if you don’t think your injuries are serious. When they arrive, allow them to conduct a full evaluation.
  • Contact the responsible party or property owner – You should alert them that you have been injured in a slip and fall accident and if you know what the hazard was that caused it, advise them of that as well.
  • Don’t admit any fault – Do not admit fault to any responsible party or apologize to anyone for the accident, especially not in writing.
  • Document everything – Take note of the place and time that your accident occurred. If you are able, speak to eyewitnesses and get their contact information. Take photos with your cell phone of the site of the accident, the hazard that caused it and any injuries you may have sustained.

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Damages from Slip and Fall Cases

When you slip and fall, you can be seriously injured. Knee damage, fractured ankles, fractured hips and traumatic brain injuries are all injuries typically seen in slip and fall cases. If you or a loved one have been injured on another person’s property from slipping and falling due to unsafe conditions, Future Firm Law may be able to help you recover compensation for any losses due to your injuries.

The dollar amount of compensation we will be able to retrieve for you depends on the severity of your injuries and the circumstances of the accident, but compensation for injuries can cover these losses:

  • Medical bills – If you have been hurt badly enough that your injuries require hospitalization, you will be able to recover damages to cover the financial loss from that hospital stay. This category would include ER visits, medications, long-term treatment and the hospital stay itself.
  • Lost wages – According to the National Floor Safety Institute, slip and fall accidents are responsible for more lost days at work than any other type of injury. If you have missed days at work because of your injuries and have lost pay as a result, you may be able to recover compensation for those lost wages. This type of compensation also applies to any family member or caretaker who has needed to take time off from their own job to care for you.
  • Long-term care – If you have been left permanently disabled as a result of your injury, you will be able to recover damages that will take into account the extra care you will need and their increased medical costs.
  • Pain and suffering – Not all injuries in a slip and fall case are so visible. When someone has a serious injury, it can affect their whole family—whether it’s because of a loss of income or mental strain. Though they are hard to quantify, losses for pain and suffering are considered a non-monetary hardship and can be recovered.
  • Wrongful death – If a slip and fall accident leads to the death of your loved one, your family can recover damages to replace their lost income and help get you through the very dark times a loved one’s untimely death can bring

Determining Liability for Slip and Fall Cases

If you’ve experienced a slip and fall accident on someone else’s property, you may be able to recover damages for your injury, but liability can sometimes be hard to determine. The owner of the residence or business, or the person responsible for the property, is ultimately responsible for any injuries that occur there. Though there are sometimes exceptions to this rule, and each case is different, the owner of a property generally has a duty to maintain reasonably safe surroundings for visitors to the property. If your Future Firm Law attorney can prove that a property owner’s negligence led to the accident that caused your injury, you may be able to obtain compensation from the property owner’s insurance company.

Proving the property owner’s negligence requires at least one of the following three things to be true:
  • The owner knew about the hazard that led to your accident, but did nothing to correct it.
  • The owner actually caused the hazard that led to your accident.
  • The owner did not know about the hazard that caused the injury, but should have known and corrected it.
In the state of Florida, it’s possible for some of the liability to fall on the injured party in slip and fall cases. Florida has a Comparative Negligence statute, which means that when there is an accident, multiple parties can share fault. As long as your percentage of fault is not determined to be more than 50%, you may still recover damages.