Slip and fall accidents can happen to anyone, anywhere. In fact, according to the National Floor Safety Institute (NFSI), falls account for over 8 million hospital emergency room visits, representing the leading cause of visits (21.3%).
Many people – even ones that sustain injuries after a slip and fall accident – never file a lawsuit because many of them aren’t aware that they have the right to compensation.
Here are some facts that you might not know about Florida slip and falls:
You can recover damages if you were partially at fault
Even if you were partially at fault for the slip and fall accident, you may still be able to recover damages.
For example, perhaps your child fell in a shopping center, but it was because he/she was running. In the state of Florida, your child still has the right for compensation since Florida is a pure comparative fault state, meaning damages can be recovered even if the victim is 51% at fault. (That being said, damages are reduced for the percentage of the fault.)
You can recover damages if the defendant didn’t notice the dangerous condition
Just because the owner of the premises where your accident occurred didn’t know about the dangerous condition(s) doesn’t mean they aren’t responsible for the accident.
If you hire an experienced personal injury attorney, he/she will establish evidence to prove that the owner should have had the knowledge and done something about any dangerous condition in his premises.
You can recover damages if you slip and fall while on public property
If you fall on public property, it is possible for you to sue the government. However, it’s important that you’re aware of certain procedures that you need to follow, including being able to provide a notice of claim first. You also need to file a slip and fall accident lawsuit more quickly than when you sue a private entity so when it comes to suing the government, it’s best that you consult with an attorney right after the accident so you don’t miss anything important.
You can recover damages for more than just physical injuries
If you’ve been in a slip and fall accident in Florida, you can not only receive compensation for physical injuries you’ve incurred, but also for lost income, pain and suffering, emotional distress, and punitive damages.
Do not exaggerate your slip and fall injuries
Trying to get more money from companies by exaggerating your injuries won’t work. Almost all companies have attorneys who will investigate your accident and determine whether your injuries are legitimate or not.
If they prove that you are exaggerating, then the jury and the judge won’t see you as a credible witness and anything you say may not be perceived as true. It’s better to state the facts than to say things that may cost you your full or partial compensation.
People slip and fall all the time. Whether it’s because of ice, water, oil, or any other reason, it’s possible to slip or trip and fall down. Because unsafe conditions can catch you off guard, they can lead to some serious injuries that can cause physical, mental, and financial problems. What’s more, if you decide to file a claim after a slip and fall accident, lawsuits often take a long time to settle, causing a massive financial burden if your injuries keep you from working. Protect yourself by calling CLF at 800-922-7439. We can provide you with a settlement advance so that you don’t have to worry about when your next paycheck will come. If you don’t know what to do after a slip and fall accident and need fast cash, don’t hesitate to call us!