Slip and Fall

Can I recover from a Florida store for injuries sustained when I slipped on spilled liquid and fell?

You can recover, but will you recover? That’s fact dependent. Most stores have videos, but stores are not responsible if there was a spill and someone comes along right behind the spill. They’re responsible if they do something they should not have done, or if they fail to do something they should’ve done, if they fail to have an appropriate designation of aisles or other areas, so it is possible that you can recover if you slip and fell in a subject matter that shouldn’t have been on the floor of a store. There’s no guarantees, and it is always fact dependent.

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How long do I have to file a Florida slip and fall case?

Slip and fall cases is a general negligence case in Florida. You get four years after the accident occurred, not when you knew you were hurt, but four years after the accident occurred. If you don’t settle your case or file your case within four years you’re forever barred.

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If a Florida property owner violated a building regulation, can I use this evidence to prove my slip and fall case?

This is one piece of evidence that can be used. Violation of a building regulation, violation of a code, violation of an engineering criteria, violation of an architectural program, violation of ingress and egress, all these can be used to prove that the land owner or the owner occupier of a premises or building was negligent and responsible for your injury.

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What is a slip and fall accident?

You’re not concerned with just slipping and falling. Are you hurt? Do you have a right to sue? Is somebody else responsible? So if you slip on an ingress or egress point, and it’s a dangerous ingress or egress point, determined by law, determined by facts. The wrong slope, there are unseen holes, unseen objects, or objects that you really have to look for but you’re not expecting, as everybody expects a free and safe ingress and egress point. Now these are points that you should bring forth to your lawyer when you talk to him or her, and they will determine whether or not you have a viable case.

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What is negligence and how does it affect my Florida construction accident case?

Basically negligence is doing something you shouldn’t have done or not doing something you should have done, such as covering a hole, such as putting an ingress and egress path where there are dangerous obstacles in the path like creating a slippery path or a path that had an inappropriate rise or a drop-off or things of this nature.

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When should I consult with a personal injury attorney following a Florida slip and fall?

First of all, just slipping and falling, no problem, no case. If there’s a slip and fall and you’re hurt, and the hurt persists, you should consult with a lawyer almost immediately because there are many, many fact situations in which the land owner, the land holder, the tenant may or may not be responsible. And you should never give a statement after a slip and fall to anybody. If you do that, you’re talking to a professional who will say things like, “Well, you saw this, didn’t you?” And wanting to be helpful, you’ll say, “Yes, I saw it.” So don’t do that. Go to a lawyer right away.

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Who can be sued in a Florida slip and fall case?

It depends where you slip and fall. If it’s an in-store case and another customer caused something to fall down, you can sue that customer. You can sue an employee and the employee is working for the store, you can sue the store. If you slipped and fall on an ingress-egress point you can sue the owner of a mall. You can sue the owner of the premises, not just the tenant. You may also be able to sue the tenant. Depends where you slipped and fell and that determines who might be responsible.

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Will it Cost Me Any Money to Bring a Florida Slip and Fall Case?

Most lawyers that do slip and fall cases and all negligence cases do it on a contingency. That is, they take a percentage of the amount of money that is recovered. Most lawyers will advance costs and get the costs back. Of course, your costs come from your share of the settlement or recovery. In that sense, it won’t cost you to file the case, but that’s down the line and that’s to be consulted with the attorney that you hire.

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