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What To Do If Injured In A Slip And Fall Accident


What To Do If Injured In A Slip And Fall AccidentFlorida is the fourth most populous state in the nation, and as such there are countless businesses and public areas within its borders. And while in almost any instance you’ll be safe heading out to enjoy these locations, there are some rare occasions when you may be injured in a slip and fall type accident.

Slip and fall accidents could be caused by a number of things including:

  • Poor lighting
  • Wet areas
  • Unsafe handrails
  • Debris
  • Holes in walkways
  • And more

Essentially, any situation that causes you to fall may be considered a slip and fall type of accident. But what do you do if you’re injured in one of these accidents, and do you have the right to seek compensation?

First, be sure that you get the medical care that you need. However, if it’s possible you should take a second to gather any evidence you can about the injury. Use your mobile phone to take a photo of the accident area and what caused you to fall, or get the names and contact info of any witnesses. If your injuries are severe, you should get medical attention before worrying about any of this. But if you have the opportunity, these bits of information could help you get the compensation that you’re owed.

The next step will be to contact a personal injury lawyer. They’ll discuss your situation with you and help you determine exactly what your rights and your options are. In terms of a slip and fall injury, they’ll have to prove a couple of key things.

The first is that your injuries were caused through no fault of yours, and that a reasonable person wouldn’t have been able to foresee the circumstances of your injury and take steps to avoid it. A perfect example is if it’s raining outside and you slip on a wet sidewalk. Obviously, a reasonable  person would have known that it was wet. Ignoring warning signs is another example. If these factors are present, the property owner won’t be held liable for your injuries.

The other factor is whether or not the property owner was negligent in their maintenance of the property. They can’t be held liable for a problem that they didn’t know about, but if it can be shown that they were aware of the issue and that they took no steps to fix the issue or alert patrons to the problem, they may be held liable for the damages you’ve suffered from.
That’s the key of figuring out slip and fall liability in a nutshell – determining fault due to negligence. A good personal injury attorney will work to help you figure out whether or not you have the legal grounds to seek compensation, and if you do they’ll likely offer to help you by giving you representation.

If your attorney offers to represent you, the odds are that you’ll end up settling out of court. About 95 to 96 percent of all personal injury cases are settled before they reach a trial, and your lawyer will be able to negotiate a fair settlement amount for you and help you get back on your feet.

You should always exercise some level of caution when heading out to enjoy Florida locations, but in those instances when you’re injured through no fault of your own you may be owed compensation. In these instances, getting help from a personal injury lawyer is a good idea. Contact us to learn more about what we can do for you.

Michael J. Babboni's wide-ranging legal career is based on the strong belief that everyone should be treated fairly and have access to effective legal help. Michael began putting his beliefs in action by helping the people of St. Petersburg Florida get what they are owed in civil trials fighting to protect families by making corporations pay, and honor their obligations.

What To Do If Injured In A Slip And Fall Accident

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