Slip and fall accidents are some of the most common personal injury lawsuits. Florida law states that property or business owners must repair the problem if they know, or should know, an area of their property is unsafe. If they do not repair the unsafe area, someone could fall, suffer an injury, and may be able to sue them.
However, in a slip and fall lawsuit, Florida courts look at the comparative liability. In other words, each party has some responsibility. The injured party has to show he or she exercised reasonable care, and the property owner has to show he or she took reasonable care to maintain the property and keep it safe. The injured party has four years from the date of the fall to file a lawsuit.
The following things must be proved in court:
- The property or business owner were responsible to ensure the property is safe.
- The property or business owner didn’t take reasonable care to maintain the property.
- As a result, someone fell and was injured.
If the injured person sues and wins the case, the court decides the amount of compensation he or she will receive. The court’s judgment can include compensation for items such as medical costs, permanent disability or disfigurement, lost wages, and emotional distress.
Why You May Need a Slip and Fall Attorney
Florida slip-and fall law can be complicated, and it is important to get the advice of an attorney experienced in handling these cases. If you have been injured in an accident, contact Hancock Injury Attorneys to ensure you understand your rights and get the compensation you deserve.