Accidents happen. But when injuries are caused by negligent or tortious conduct, you may be able to pursue financial compensation from the responsible party. One cause of unintentional injuries is falling.
Injuries from falling can occur among:
- Industrial and manufacturing workers
- Construction workers
- The elderly
- People living with disabilities
Injuries you can get from falling include, from bruises to broken bones. Some injuries you may suffer from after a fall could include:
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Broken and fractured tailbones
- Shoulder and wrist injuries
- Soft tissue injuries, such as whiplash
- Spinal cord injuries, such as herniated discs
Depending on the cause of your fall, you may be entitled to pursue compensation. Negligence occurs when an individual has a duty to care, violates said duty, and this violation results in harm.
Falls can occur because of:
- Broken railings
- Defective ladders
- Defective safety equipment, such as harnesses
- Wet and slippery surfaces
When you sustain injuries from a fall, you may have a claim against the property owner. For example, if you fall from a ladder at work because the ladder was broken, you may be able to receive compensation from your employer and workers’ compensation benefits.
Under § 95.11 of the Florida Statutes, personal injury lawsuits generally must be filed within four years of when your accident occurred and you suffered from one of the many injuries you can get from falling. So, you may want to consider your options sooner rather than later.
For a free legal consultation, call (800) 747-3733
Determining Liability in a Slip and Fall Accident
If you fall because of unsafe environmental conditions, it can make the individual or company responsible for the maintenance liable for damages. To prove liability, you must establish that another party acted negligently or wantonly. If your fall occurred at a business, it can make the business liable.
Injuries from falling can be severe, which may limit your ability to work or may lead to medical bills. After your fall, it is important to document your injuries. If your fall occurred in a public place and there is video footage of your accident, the footage itself can demonstrate that the tortfeasor’s action (or inaction) was negligent.
Damages You May Be Able to Pursue
When you sustain injuries because of tortious conduct, Florida allows you to file a personal injury claim and pursue financial damages from the responsible party. You may want to contact an attorney before you pursue damages, as failing to name all liable parties may leave money on the table.
You may be able to pursue economic and non-economic damages. Florida follows a comparative negligence doctrine imposed by § 768.81 of the Florida Statutes, which means the percentage for which you are responsible for your injuries is deducted from your judgment. If you are determined to be 51% responsible for your injuries, you could not be able to collect additional compensation.
Call the Law Offices of Anidjar & Levine Today
If you sustained injuries from falling, you may have the legal right to pursue damages against the responsible party. Call the Law Offices of Anidjar & Levine today at 1-800-747-3733 for a free consultation. We may be able to help you pursue damages to help pay for costs associated with injuries you can get from falling.