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What You Need To Know About Slip And Fall Accidents In Florida

According to the National Floor Safety Institute, slip and fall accidents are responsible for 1 million emergency room visits per year, which amounts to 12% of all fall accidents. Due to Florida’s booming tourism industry, it’s home to a plethora of amusement parks, hotels, resorts, and other public places where tourists and locals alike go to gather, and in these areas, the number one cause of an accident is slip and fall cases. You don’t have to be out and about to suffer a slip and fall, and about 50% of these accidents occur in a residence rather than a public place.

The Cost Of Slip And Fall

In some slip and fall cases, the victim is lucky, only suffering from a little embarrassment or a bruised ego. In others, however, things don’t go as well. Slip and fall accidents can result in broken bones or even death, leading to mounting medical and other costs that the victim or their families will then find themselves burdened with. 5% of all slip and fall accidents across the United States will result in a fractured bone, with many of these cases resulting in the need for surgery or other prolonged medical care. Falls are also the third leading cause of accidental death, with more than 32,000 people dying from an unintentional fall in the year 2014.

In people 55 years of age and older, slip and fall accidents are the leading cause of work-related injuries in the state of Florida and across the United States, accounting for the majority of workers compensation claims and lost wages from lost time at work.

Lost time at work, accidental death, broken bones, and medical treatment all come with costs that accumulate quickly, leaving those who have found themselves in a slip and fall accident also the victim of mounting medical bills.

What To Do When Faced With A Slip And Fall Accident

If you’ve suffered a slip and fall accident in your own home, that you own, there may not be much you can do regarding compensation, but this isn’t the case in public spaces or a property not owned by you. After being involved in a slip and fall accident, you may find that your fall was caused by another party’s negligence, and you could be compensated for the damages your fall may have caused. If you live in a rented property, and the management team has shown negligence in fixing a hazard, and that hazard causes a fall, they could be responsible for reimbursing your medical costs, lost wages, and other damages you may have incurred due to the event.

Slip and fall accidents in public places, shops, amusement parks, and other areas follow the same suit. A property owner is required to provide a safe environment for those who may be visiting their property and clearly notifying these visitors of any potential hazards that may be lurking until they’ve been repaired. A wet floor, an uneven spot of pavement, debris on the ground, and other hazardous areas must be warned against or repaired to keep visitors safe while enjoying their visit, and if they’re not and these situations result in an injury, these property owners may be held responsible.

A slip and fall accident can be costly and painful, sometimes even resulting in death. If you or a loved one has been involved in a slip and fall accident, having a personal injury attorney on your side can help. Your attorney can walk you through the process of pursuing a lawsuit for compensation, and give you your best chance at recuperating any losses you may have suffered as a result of your accident. To learn more about hiring an experienced slip and fall attorney if you’ve been in a slip and fall accident, contact us at today.

Attorney David Goldman has a strong belief that everyone should be treated fairly and those with the means should do what they can to bring justice in all areas of our society. That belief has led him to help Florida's injured from being taken advantage of by corporations and insurance companies. Since 1989 David Goldman has been fighting for the rights of Floridians both as an attorney and by personally supporting our community.

What You Need To Know About Slip And Fall Accidents In Florida

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