Seeing a physician as soon as possible after your injury is best, as prolonging treatment can make it difficult to prove your injuries were caused by your accident. Understanding how long you have to go to the doctor after a slip and fall requires knowing that medical records are a key part of your personal injury claim.
While you can receive damages if your slip and fall aggravated an underlying condition, delaying treatment can cast doubt on whether your preexisting condition caused your injuries or the accident caused by another party’s negligence.
A slip and fall can occur because of:
- Wet and slippery floors
- Defective rails
- Broken ladders
- Icy sidewalks
- Defective harnesses and safety equipment
When you are hurt in a slip and fall accident, you can pursue damages against the liable party for negligence. When injuries occur, they can result in missed time from work or excessive medical bills.
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A Lawyer Can Help You Pursue Liability
When you sustain injuries because of negligence, you can recover financial compensation by filing a personal injury claim. Liability is established based on whether the other individual had a duty of care toward you. If you were hurt because you slipped on a wet hard surface at a store, the owner can be liable for your injuries; they have an obligation to ensure the environment is safe for customers.
Establishing liability means proving that your accident was caused because of another individual acting negligently or recklessly. Companies are required to ensure their business is safe for customers and employees. If the business who owns the property where you fell has a history of slip and fall injuries, it can strengthen your claim.
Damages You May Be Able to Pursue
Florida Statutes § 768.81 states that Florida does not cap economic or non-economic damages in slip and fall cases. Economic losses are determined based on the expenses you paid because of your accident. Non-economic damages consider how your injuries impact your quality of life and can include:
- Compensation for medical bills
- Pain and suffering
- Mental anguish
- Lost wages
- Loss of consortium
The Law Offices of Anidjar & Levine Can Help You
The sooner you receive medical care for your injuries, the easier it may be to connect your injuries to the accident in which you were injured. We can help you understand how long you have to go to the doctor after a slip and fall (if you have not sought treatment already).
Call the Law Offices of Anidjar & Levine today at 1-800-747-3733 to learn more. Florida Statutes § 95.11 limits how long people have to file a lawsuit after an accident. Call us today so we can discuss whether this timeline is relevant to your case.