Slip and fall accidents in Florida
Posted on November 10, 2021
Slip and fall accidents are extremely dangerous
Slip and fall accidents can happen to anyone, anywhere; that makes them especially dangerous.
According to a study by the National Floor Safety Institute, slip and fall accidents (approximately 1 million annually) account for 12% of all emergency room visits for falls.
If the accident was caused by the negligence of a third party, such as a colleague, or lack of maintenance at a facility, you are most likely entitled to compensation.
Common injuries after a slip and fall accident
One of the most chilling aspects of slip and fall accidents is that people are not aware of how dangerous they can be. Some of the most common injuries after a slip and fall accident include:
Fractures: The impact of the fall can be severe enough to stress and break bones. Wrists, hips, and ankles are usually the most affected by this type of injury. According to the CDC, 95% of fractured hips occur after a fall, and can lead to severe health issues or death.
Spinal or neck injury: If you injure your neck, you may suffer nerve or muscle damage, and even spinal damage that could lead to reduced mobility or even paralysis.
Soft tissue injuries: These can range from ankle or wrist sprain to disabling chronic pain, especially if left unattended. Soft tissue injuries may take days or even weeks to appear.
Brain injuries: If you are unlucky, there is a chance that your head could hit an object or hard surface, which could result in anything from a concussion to internal bleeding. The impact of a brain injury on a person's life could be incalculable!
Can I sue from a slip and fall accident in Florida?
Yes, you can! Florida is one of the few states that detail these types of cases and openly state what a person needs to prove that they suffered a slip and fall accident due to the fault of a third party.
To win a slip and fall lawsuit, you need to prove that…
- You slipped on a substance that created a hazardous condition in the area.
- The fall occurred on a third-party property.
- The owner knew about the risk and did not fix it.
However, although there are detailed statutes, it is also important to consider the common law when analyzing these types of cases. If you have suffered a slip and fall accident, it is necessary to contact a personal injury attorney after receiving medical attention.
In an effort to help you obtain all the information you need Jason Recksiedler, a personal injury attorney certified as an expert in trial law by the Florida Bar, has compiled the most common slip and fall questions we get from clients.
Suffered a slip and fall accident? Contact us today
Florida law sets a deadline for slip and fall accident claims: you have four years from the day of the accident to file a claim. However, as time passes, it may become more complicated to prove the circumstances of your accident, so it is ideal to act as soon as possible to receive compensation for your injuries.
If you or a loved one has suffered a slip and fall accident due to the fault of a third party, contact the slip and fall attorneys at First Choice Law today. We are available at 321-999-1111, 24 hours a day. You may also send us an email or fill out the online form located on this page and we will contact you back shortly.