Slip and Fall Accident Case

Tips for Proving Fault in a Slip & Fall Accident Case

Slip and fall accidents are quite common throughout Florida. These accidents can happen anywhere, including residential and commercial properties as well as government properties. A slip and fall accident case can be difficult to win because you need to prove fault as the victim. There’s a lot of evidence that needs to support your claims and you need to show that your own actions did not play a role in the accident that led to your injuries. In today’s post, we will provide some tips for proving fault in a slip and fall accident case. Slip and Fall Accident Case

Could the Accident Have Been Prevented?

One of the first things you need to consider when injured in a slip and fall accident before moving forward with a legal case is if the accident could have been prevented. Everyone has some responsibility to make themselves aware of what’s going on around them and then make an effort to avoid hazardous situations. Not every slip and fall accident will be the fault of the property owner. Take this into consideration before moving forward with a case.

Duty to Maintain Safe Conditions

Property owners are required to take steps to ensure safe conditions so that visitors to their property do not suffer slip and fall accidents. In most slip and fall cases this reasonable care is weighted against the reasonable care the injured party should have taken to ensure that they avoided the hazardous condition in the first place.

Liability Issues with Slip and Fall Accidents

In order to prove fault in a slip and fall accident, which is also referred to as liability, you will need to show that at least one of the following was present in the case:

  • Either the owner of a property or their employee should have known that there was a hazardous condition present on the property because a reasonable person would have known and then would have taken steps to rectify the condition.
  • Either the owner of a property or their employee did know about a hazardous condition and failed to repair said condition.
  • Either the owner of a property or their employee caused the hazardous condition (broken tile floor, a spill, etc).

To take a slip and fall accident further you will need to show that you had a reason to be on the property in the first place. For example, you will need to have been invited to the property if it is a private residence. Were you anticipated by the owner when the accident happened? If the slip and fall happened at a commercial property were you allowed to be there? Was the business open? If you were trespassing on any type of property your claim might not hold much water.

Contact a Personal Injury Attorney

Were you injured in a slip and fall accident in Florida? Your injuries could prevent you from going to work for an extended period. Seeking compensation from the at-fault party is difficult. Make sure you consult with an experienced personal injury attorney about your case. Call the team of Zimmet & Zimmet at 386-210-9596 today to schedule an appointment.

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What to Do After a Slip and Fall Accident

Whether your accident occurs on commercial or residential property, acting quickly is essential.  Injuries can worsen if left untreated, and it’s important to start a paper trail for any expenses that you may incur.

What Is a Slip and Fall Accident?

In the legal world, a slip and fall accident is defined as any incident in which a person slips or trips and sustains an injury on someone else’s property. Since these incidents occur on another person’s property, the owner may be held liable.

Slip and Fall Accidents

Several factors contribute to slip and fall accidents. You might trip on torn carpeting, uneven flooring, poorly lit areas, or a wet floor. Weather conditions often play a key role in slip and fall accidents.

Steps to Take After an Accident

You should act quickly to seek care and legal advice after a fall. The following steps may save time and help get you on the right track.

  1. Get medical care. Waiting to seek care allows injuries to worsen, which can increase costs and prevent timely healing. Prompt medical attention also provides documentation of your injuries, which is an important part of a slip and fall claim.
  2. Report the accident to the owner or manager. Documentation is essential in a slip and fall case, and alerting the responsible parties immediately ensures that there’s a paper trail. If it’s a business, ask for a copy of the accident report.
  3. Take notes and jot down details. If you have a friend or family member with you, you can entrust this step to them while you seek medical attention. Have them take note of where you were injured, the conditions of the area near the fall, and any circumstances that contributed to your fall. If there are any nearby witnesses, gather their contact information.
  4. Seek legal help. Many factors contribute to a slip and fall accident, which is why it’s important to trust your case to an expert. A personal injury lawyer can dig into the details of your case, handle deadlines, and let you focus on healing. They can also communicate with the property owner on your behalf.

Call an Attorney 

Waiting too long to seek help or file a slip and fall claim can limit your ability to receive compensation. Let the experts at Zimmet & Zimmet handle your slip and fall case. Contact us today at (386) 210-7989 for a free case review.

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