Slip-and-fall accidents cover a variety of situations. Anytime someone loses their footing, falls, and is injured on someone else’s property, it is considered a slip-and-fall accident. They can also include tripping or stepping in awkward holes or low spots on the property. While falls may not seem like such a big deal, they are the leading cause of fatal and nonfatal injuries for seniors in the United States.
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In order to win a slip-and-fall case, you must prove a property owner or business owed you a duty of care. For example, if you’re shopping at a grocery store, you have a reasonable expectation that you won’t encounter a patch of melted ice left unattended in an aisle. It is a grocery store’s duty to ensure all spills and potential hazards are cleaned or marked as dangerous so people avoid the spot. You also need to prove the business didn’t use reasonable care in maintaining or operating the property. Using the same example, if the company left the patch of melted ice there for a few hours or more, they’re not exercising reasonable caution by assigning employees to walk the store and straighten up every few minutes.
It is also difficult to tell who may be liable for your injury. A grocery store could be owned and operated by the same person, while a larger chain may have a multitude of employees under its purview. Perhaps a manufacturer created a defective part on the premises that caused your injuries. Several people could be at fault for your injury and could be required to pay a share of the compensation.
In Florida, the court will use comparative negligence to determine compensation. It compares the behavior of the injured person to the owner of the property and makes the decision of who was the most at fault. For example, if you ignored a caution sign and proceeded to walk on a wet section of a grocery store floor, you would be considered partially, if not fully at fault for your accident.
The court will also decide how to compensate you for your injuries. It could include payment for the following:
If you were injured as a result of a person’s negligence, make sure to contact an experienced Florida personal injury attorney. At Pazos Law Group, we will do our best to ensure we minimize your stress during this difficult time. While we focus on your legal case, you can focus on healing from your ordeal. Our attorneys have the skill, resources, and experience to handle your slip-and-fall case, no matter how complex. Pazos Law Group is proud to make a difference in peoples’ lives. Let us provide the guidance, care, and attention you need to resolve your personal injury case. We want you to move forward with strength, comfort, and peace of mind. We help people in Fort Lauderdale, Coral Springs, Coral Gables, and across Florida. Our firm also focuses on very few areas of specialty, meaning we are extremely familiar with the laws and regulations of Florida personal injury statutes. Let our skilled advocates see what they can do for your case.
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