About every year, more people in Florida are injured in slip-and-fall accidents. Some people tend to lose their balance on recently washed floors at public places, and others fall on the job while working within hazardous conditions. Additionally, most older Americans in nursing homes undergo accidents when they are left unsupervised by negligent staff members. Although falls are especially dangerous for older citizens, the severity of the injury can be equally, if not more, painful for just about anyone. Whether it is a broken hip, a ruptured disc, or a torn muscle, making someone handle medical debt and preventing them from working can seriously impact their life.
If you or a loved one has suffered from a slip-and-fall accident, you might be eligible to seek financial compensation to pay off your medical bills. Employees injured at work may be entitled to benefits from their employer’s workers’ compensation insurance. Workers’ compensation could cover a reasonable amount of your work wages while also paying for your medical care during your recovery. If you were hurt in a slip-and-fall accident due to someone else’s negligence, you could be entitled to compensation for your pain, suffering, and financial woes. However, you only have a limited amount of time if you wish to file a claim.
Premises liability law specifies that property owners must keep their property reasonably safe and clear of known hazards. According to Florida Statute 768.0755 on Premises liability for transitory foreign substances in a business establishment, “If a person slips and falls on a transitory foreign substance in a business establishment, the injured person must prove that the business establishment had actual or constructive knowledge of the dangerous condition and should have taken action to remedy it. Constructive knowledge may be proven by circumstantial evidence showing that the dangerous condition existed for such a length of time that, in the exercise of ordinary care, the business establishment should have known of the condition; or the condition occurred with regularity and was therefore foreseeable.”
When property owners and managers let an area turn into a hazard, unwary people are more at risk of serious injuries in slip-and-falls. In these situations, victims of those injuries should find the proper lawyer immediately. In Florida, victims of slip-and-fall accidents caused by the negligence of others have four years to file a lawsuit. After the allotted time has passed, you will no longer be able to file a lawsuit.
Premises liability cases require a thorough investigation, so it is in your best interest to find an attorney the moment you notice your injury. Our attorneys who specialize in slip-and-fall accidents at Neufeld, Kleinberg & Pinkiert, PA can look into your unique case and help you fight for the compensation you are entitled to.
Some common causes of slip-and-fall accidents include insufficient indication of danger through signage, inadequately cleaned spills that are hard to see, cluttered floors, a severely damaged sidewalk, potholes, debris, unsecure ground or flooring, and careless supervision for those who reside in nursing homes.
Any of these issues share the same potential for significant injuries to occur, and almost every problem can be prevented. The majority of people who are injured in a slip-and-fall accident are convinced that it was their fault or the injury is not grievous enough to seek compensation.
The legal team at NKP understands the complexities of slip-and-fall claims. We have the experience as well as the expertise necessary to take on the most challenging cases, and we are devoted to fighting for the compensation you deserve for your injuries.