Every year in the United States, more than a million people head to the emergency room as a result of slip and fall accidents. In folks over the age of 65, slip and falls are the leading cause of traumatic death. When you have a slip and fall accident, it can be embarrassing, painful, and expensive.
Some of the worst slip and fall accidents result in permanent disability or wrongful death lawsuits. Slip and fall lawyer, Michael R. Herron is committed to representing you in a personal injury accident and getting you the just compensation you deserve for your injuries.
Believe it or not, slip and fall, and trip and fall accidents don’t always happen without cause. You didn’t fall because you weren’t paying attention, or because you are clumsy. In most instances, falls happen because someone else was negligent.
What does negligence mean in slip and fall accident law?
Under Florida personal injury law, negligence means that someone failed to exercise a reasonable degree of care to minimize the risk of harm to another person. The definition of negligence is the basis of which most personal injury claims are made, including slip and fall accidents, car crashes, and even medical malpractice lawsuits.
When it comes to slip and fall accidents, it’s usually a property owner who is deemed negligent. Most of the time, a negligent property owner knew about a potentially hazardous issue with their property but failed to do anything to fix or remedy the situation to make it safer for others. As a result, an innocent party is injured, unable to work, and left with potentially devastating medical bills.
Slip and fall accident lawsuits can include a variety of situations that result in a wrongful injury. Those can include things like obstruction of a walkway, a broken railing, icy or slippery steps, spilled water on a floor, or any other problem with a property that an owner failed to address.
If you’ve fallen and gotten hurt because of someone else’s carelessness, then you can bring a lawsuit against the property owner and attempt to recover damages for your pain, suffering, lost wages, and medical bills. Attorney Michael Herron has handled hundreds of personal injury cases, including slip and fall accident lawsuits with success.
Slip and fall cases can be complex. Getting injured in a slip and fall accident can cause an untold amount of suffering for the victim and their family. They may be out of work for an unknown period of time and wrack up expensive medical bills. In severe cases, they may even suffer permanent disability from falling.
You need an experienced slip and fall lawyer who knows what to look for, and how to properly build a solid case against the careless property owner who caused your injury. Attorney Herron has handled numerous slip and fall and premises liability cases. If you’re entitled to compensation for your injuries under Florida personal injury law, Mr. Herron has the knowledge and experience to prove your case. Call 813-536-7602 to speak with a personal injury lawyer in Tampa.
How do you prove a slip and fall case?
With personal injury cases, it’s imperative that your lawyer is able to prove to the court that the accident wasn’t your fault, but it happened because the property owner was negligent. For a slip and fall case to be successful, an attorney must demonstrate that there was a “dangerous condition” taking place on the property and that the property owner should have taken reasonable measures to address and remedy the situation. Your slip and fall lawyer will also have to prove that the property owner should have been aware of the situation, and done something about it before anyone had a chance to be injured.
What does the state of Florida deem as a “dangerous condition”?
A dangerous condition is determined when an aspect of the property presents an unreasonable risk of harm to anyone on the property and is an avoidable hazard. For example, a spilled drink on a drugstore floor that no one has attended to or marked as a potential hazard would be considered a dangerous condition, since it is not supposed to be there and the danger of it is not expected nor apparent.
What is a “reasonable property owner” under Florida personal injury law?
Your slip and fall lawyer must also demonstrate to the court that whoever owns the property where the injury occurred didn’t act in a reasonable manner. A reasonable property owner is one who takes the necessary steps to fix potentially hazardous conditions with a property so that no one risk getting injured. A negligent property owner would not take the steps to fix potentially dangerous issues with their property.
In slip and fall cases, your attorney will ask you the following questions to determine if you have a viable case under Florida personal injury law:
- Did the dangerous condition exist for a long enough period that the property owner was aware of it?
- Was there a legitimate reason for the area to be considered hazardous?
- Was there a reason for the area to be potentially dangerous, and was there any way that a reasonable property owner could have made it less dangerous?
- If an object caused your slip and fall accident, was there anywhere else the object could have been reasonably kept to make the property safer?
- Could a sign, or a barrier been used to reasonably prevent an injury from occurring?
Additionally, it’s possible that the property owner was actually in violation of building or city codes – which can significantly help your case.
How long do you have in the state of Florida to file a slip and fall lawsuit?
Personal injury laws are governed under strict statutes of limitations. What this means is that you only have so long to file a lawsuit after an injury occurs. In Florida, you can file a slip and fall lawsuit for up to four years after the date of the injury. Once the fours years is up, you cannot file a lawsuit.
It’s important to speak to an attorney soon after you are injured. If you wait too long, you can forget crucial aspects and details of your case that can hinder your attorney’s ability to get you the compensation you deserve.
What can Herron Law do for your slip and fall case?
At Herron Law, we understand how painful and devastating a slip and fall accident can be for you and your family. You may be worried about lost wages, wondering when you can go back to work, or struggling under a mountain of unexpected medical bills.
When you contact a slip and fall lawyer at Herron Law, all initial consultations are free of charge. We do not ask for any money upfront, and instead, we will work tirelessly to prove your case and get you the settlement amount that you need to recover from your pain, suffering, and financial devastations. We don’t make any money unless you win.
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