Slip and fall accidents are known for producing debilitating injuries. For example, victims have reported traumatic brain injuries, spinal cord damage, broken bones, neck injuries, back injuries, concussions, and other injuries that can significantly impact their lives for years to come.
If you have suffered severe injuries, you may be unsure of how to hold the liable party accountable. A Daytona slip and fall accident lawyer at the Law Offices of Anidjar & Levine can offer support. You can contact our office today for a free consultation.
Compensation for Slip and Fall Accident Victims
After your slip and fall accident in Daytona, you have the right to be made whole. You should be repaid for every single loss you have suffered due to your injuries. This includes both economic and non-economic damages, which consist of monetary and non-monetary losses.
Some of the various damages you could recover in your slip and fall accident claim include:
- Emotional distress
- Diminished quality of life
- Medical expenses and equipment
- Scarring and disfigurement
- Loss of household services
- Property damages
How Long You Have to File a Slip and Fall Claim in Daytona
Florida has one of the most victim-friendly statutes of limitations for personal injury claims across the country. Still, if you are considering a slip and fall accident lawsuit, it is important to act quickly. Under Florida Statute § 95.11(3)(a), you have a maximum of four years to get your lawsuit filed within the civil court system.
It is critical to get your claim filed before the statute of limitations expires. Failure to do so will mean that the judge can dismiss your case should you attempt to pursue one after the statute of limitations has passed.
Liability for Slip and Fall Accidents
Many slip and fall accidents are caused by negligent property owners. Property owners owe their invited guests and patrons a duty of care. When they breach that duty of care by failing to maintain the safety and integrity of their premises, they can be held accountable for any injuries that their guests and patrons sustain.
That said, property owners are not the only party who could share blame for your injuries. Your attorney’s investigation may uncover other parties who share fault, such as:
- Equipment designers and producers
- Equipment distributors
- Safety inspectors
- Contractors and subcontractors
- Other third parties
When Property Owners Avoid Culpability for Slip and Fall Accidents
Although property owners may often be found liable for slip and fall accidents in Daytona, there are also situations in which they cannot be held accountable.
Invitees vs. Trespassers
For example, under Florida Statutes § 768.075, property owners only owe a duty of care to those they invite onto their property. This means that property owners may not always be held accountable for injuries that occur to people who are trespassing or committing a crime at the time that they slip and fall.
Open and Obvious Doctrine
Property owners could also avoid culpability if the hazard in question can be considered open and obvious. Under the open and obvious doctrine, if a hazardous condition would be considered obvious to any other reasonable person, then the property owner may not be held accountable for any injuries resulting from that hazard.
For example, restaurant staff who failed to put up a wet floor sign around a spilled beverage could be liable for anyone who suffered injuries due to that wet floor. However, by putting up the wet floor sign, the restaurant makes the hazard in question obvious, protecting them from liability.
What to do After a Slip and Fall Accident
After you have suffered injuries in a slip and fall accident, you may be unsure of what your next steps should be. Here is where you can start:
- Step 1: Try to document the scene. If you can, take photos of the location and hazard in question, get contact information for any witnesses, and find out who owns the property where your accident occurred.
- Step 2: Get medical attention. Even if you feel “OK,“ it is important to rule out any injuries that are not readily apparent and get the treatment you need as soon as possible.
- Step 3: Consider hiring an attorney. The sooner our team gets working on your case, the more time we will have to collect strong evidence against the liable party.
Common Types of Slip and Fall Accidents
One of the primary reasons why slip and fall accidents occur with such alarming frequency is because there are many ways they can occur. Some of the most common factors include:
- Loose rugs or carpeting
- Uneven steps
- What steps
- Wet floors
- Spilled food, beverages, or other items
- Broken or unstable stairs, or stairs built not according to code
- Unmark steps
- Loose tiles
- Structural issues
- Dark stairways and passages
- Piles of debris
- Broken elevators
- Unfilled potholes
- Faulty or defective railings
- Open maintenance holes
- Poor lighting
These are just a few of the more common causes of slip and falls in Daytona. If you were injured in a slip and fall accident caused in another way, you may still have the right to financial restitution. You can find out what options are available to you when you contact our office for a free case review.
Get Help From a Slip and Fall Accident Lawyer in Daytona
Your slip and fall accident injuries may have had a devastating impact on your life. With help from a slip and fall accident lawyer at the Law Offices of Anidjar & Levine, you can seek compensation to rebuild your life and put your slip and fall injuries behind you.
Our firm proudly offers free, no-obligation consultations to slip and fall accident victims across Daytona and surrounding cities. Claim yours when you call our office at 1-800-747-3733.
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