Injured In a Slip and Fall — Know Your Rights
Slip and falls are one of the more common types of Fort Lauderdale personal injury cases . Injuries can happen in many different ways. The most common are:
● Trip-and-fall — a person falls over an object in their path or an uneven surface;
● Step-and-fall — the fall is caused by a hole or a low spot in the path; or
● Slip-and-fall — a slippery liquid or object causes the fall.
If you have been injured in a slip and fall you have rights, but these types of cases aren’t as simple as you might think.
What Must Be Proven In a Slip and Fall Case:
Florida’s premises liability law says that businesses must keep their property in a “reasonably safe condition”. The law used to say that all you had to prove was that an unsafe condition caused the fall and that the victim was injured. But that has changed. Now the law says that the victim must prove that the property owner either knew of or should have known of the condition that caused the fall.
Of course, when you have just fallen you are not thinking about checking to see if anyone at the business knew about the wet floor or crack in the sidewalk. Instead, you are thinking about getting help for your injuries. Because victims are not usually able to take pictures or find out what the business knew when they fall businesses are less likely to settle these cases for what they are really worth. You should never just accept an insurance company’s offer to settle a slip and fall case without consulting an attorney.
What Can I Get If I Win a Slip and Fall Case?
It is never possible to say exactly what a victim in Fort Lauderdale personal injury cases will receive if they win because the recovery is based on many factors, especially the extent of the victim’s injuries. But if you win your case, the law says that you can recover for:
Emotional distress; and
Other costs directly related to your injury.
So if you’ve been hurt in a slip and fall, protect your rights and hire a good personal injury attorney today.