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Slip and Fall Accidents: We Fight for the Injured

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Introduction

A significant number of injuries treated in hospital emergency rooms are from slip and fall accidents. The National Safety Council reports that in 2020, falls in the United States accounted for more than 20 million reported injuries. In Florida, unintentional falls are the leading cause of fatal and non-fatal injuries for residents aged 65 and older. The Florida Department of Health disclosed that more than three thousand older adults were fatally injured in a fall in 2019.

 If you or someone you love has been harmed in a slip and fall accident, it is in your best interest to contact an experienced personal injury lawyer to discuss your options. At Orlando Accident Attorney, our trusted legal team has earned a reputation as skillful and successful advocates for those harmed by the negligence of others. When settling claims with insurance carriers, we are tough negotiators, and our legal team is always prepared to present a case in the courtroom. Let us help you understand your legal rights and options to receive the compensation you deserve.

 Most Common Injuries and Where They Occur 

 Slip and fall accidents occur on residential and commercial properties and public venues. However, there are some places where they happen more frequently than others. These include retail stores, wet or broken sidewalks, parking lots, hotels, stairways, and in the workplace. Common injuries associated with slip and fall accidents include fractures, head injuries, lacerations, spine and nerve damage, sprains and strains, and soft tissue injuries. In severe cases, a victim may suffer significant, life-long impairments such as paralysis, traumatic brain injuries, or death.

Liable Parties

 The place where a slip and fall accident occurs and the event’s circumstances dictate who is liable. For example, if you slip and fall on someone else’s property, the owner or landlord of the property may be held liable if they were aware of the hazard and did not take steps to repair it. If you slip and fall on a public sidewalk, the city or county may be held liable if they did not maintain the sidewalk properly. If you slip and fall at work, your employer may be responsible if they did not take steps to ensure a safe workplace.

 Important Criteria to Consider When Filing a Claim:

  • What is the type and severity of the injuries?
  • Was the property owner aware of the hazard?
  • Were there any warning signs posted?
  • Was the victim a guest on the property or a trespasser?
  • Was the victim an adult or a minor?
  • Is the claim being filed within the Statute of Limitations?
  • Were there witnesses or video surveillance?
  • Was medical treatment rendered immediately?
  • Has the property owner been notified of the injury?
  • Have there been prior claims filed because of the hazardous condition?

Statute of Limitations and Comparative Fault

 In Florida, the timeframe to file a slip and fall lawsuit for a legal action founded on negligence is within four years from the date of the accident. For a fatality, the time limit for a wrongful death claim is two years from the date of the death. Past these deadlines, the plaintiff may forfeit their right to compensation. When a victim shares some fault for a slip and fall accident, they may be responsible for a portion of the injuries they incurred. Under Florida’s comparative fault system, a victim’s compensation may be reduced by the percentage of fault determined by the court system.

Our Caring Attorneys Are Here for You

 When another’s negligence is the cause of life-altering events, we fight for the injured. At the Orlando Accident Attorney, we understand the physical and emotional trauma victims endure after an accident. We know victims experience financial insecurity from mounting medical bills, lost wages, and loss of future earning capacity. Contact Orlando Accident Attorney in Winter Park, Florida, at (407) 706-3909 for a free consultation to discuss the best course of action.

Sources:

“Deaths by Demographics” NSC Injury Facts, 2022 National Safety Council, accessed 4/12/2022.

“Older Adults Falls Prevention,” Florida Department of Health, Accessed 4/13/2022.

https://www.floridahealth.gov/programs-and-services/prevention/older-adult-falls-prevention/index.html

“Limitations of Actions; Adverse Possession, The 2021 Florida Statutes, Chapter 95, accessed 4/13/2022. http://www.leg.state.fl.us/Statutes/index.cfm?App_mode=Display_Statute&URL=0000-0099/0095/Sections/0095.11.html