When it comes to proving a slip and fall case, typically, you must show evidence of four things:
- The owner of the property where you slipped and fell owed you a duty of care
- That duty of care was breached by the property owner’s careless action or inaction
- Their breach in the duty of care caused your injuries
- You suffered damages as a result
In a slip and fall case, there are many moving parts in what can be a complicated legal matter to litigate. Every case is unique, with varying levels of severity in terms of injuries and recoverable damages. Still, there are some common factors present in most cases that may help you if you have recently suffered a slip and fall accident and want to file a claim for compensation.
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Common Causes of Slip and Fall Accidents
A slip and fall can happen almost anywhere and for many different reasons, such as:
- Uneven or damaged flooring
- Slippery, wet, or icy surfaces
- Lack of warnings alerting people of a hazard
- Insufficient property maintenance
- Ineffective safety measures, such as broken lighting or missing handrails
The list goes on, but when someone else’s careless or reckless behavior causes you to suffer injuries, Florida law enables you to hold them accountable financially for damages incurred as a result of negligence.
Proving Negligence in a Slip and Fall Case
According to Merriam Webster, negligence is defined as “failure to exercise the care that a reasonably prudent person would exercise in like circumstances.” Negligence may result in harm to another person or property, usually from an accident. It is also what you will need to prove in order to bring a compensation claim against an at-fault party to recover damages for your injuries, lost earnings, rehabilitation costs, and other expenses relating to your accident.
Establishing fault (or negligence) can be tricky. In some cases, finding out who you should bring a claim against is equally so. Your slip and fall lawyer will be able to discuss legal options with you on how best to proceed with your claim, and many reputable firms offer a free case evaluation.
How a Law Firm May Be Able to Help You
Your chosen law firm may also be able to investigate the accident and gather evidence to prove the property owner, government agency, employee, or homeowner failed to act in a reasonable way to reduce the risk of an accident. Other ways you may benefit from legal representation include:
- Negotiating with insurance companies and other people involved in your claim
- Proving your injuries is a direct result of the accident
- Reducing or removing any accountability you may be accused of in the accident
- Managing administration tasks and filing paperwork within strict time limits, per Florida Statute § 95.11
- Documenting the financial impact of your injuries and other expenses relating to the accident
- Providing access to specialists who can help prove causation and determine recoverable damages
Working with a slip and fall lawyer may make a significant impact on your claim, as they may be able to investigate the accident, gather evidence to prove the other party is at fault, document your expenses, and identify all possible recoverable damages.
While no money can make up for the pain you have suffered, having a slip and fall lawyer fight in your corner may make a big difference when negotiating for a full and fair payout on your behalf.
Call the Law Offices of Anidjar & Levine Today
The Law Offices of Anidjar & Levine is ready to answer any questions or concerns you wish to discuss regarding what you need to do to prove a slip and fall case. Find out if you can make a claim for compensation and let us put our knowledge and expertise to work for you so that you can focus on your recovery. Call 1-800-747-3733 for a free case evaluation today.