A slip-and-fall accident is not only devastating, but it can also affect your life negatively for many years to come. Knowing your rights is important. Whether on public or private property in Florida, you need to be smart about what you do next.
Our legal team at Lopez & Humphries, PA is here to provide you with the necessary information you require to make an informed decision. You may be entitled to a premises liability claim for your injuries.
The First Steps to Take
It is always important to put your own personal safety first after a slip-and-fall accident. You will want to check your own injuries and have them seen by a doctor. Make sure that the injuries are documented.
Taking photos of the scene of the accident is next and may be the most critical for your case. You can take photos if you’re physically able to do so. If not, have a relative or someone you’re with taking pictures of the area. Capture the area in which you fell and the surrounding conditions of the property.
Collect Contact Information
Collect the contact information of those who witnessed the fall. This information is crucial for later. Your attorney will be able to contact them to hear their versions of the fall.
Collect and Record
Keep a record of how this injury has impacted your life. Did you miss work because you were in pain due to the fall? Did you have to get a nanny or maid to help around the house because of the fall? Record any ways that these injuries have impacted your life.
Finally, collecting and keeping records of receipts and medical records for the case is important. These injury-related expenses should be included in your claim. Receipts for everything, including transportation, will ensure you’re compensated for everything.
Please keep in mind that this list is not exhaustive of what to document for a slip-and-fall case. If you’ve sustained injuries from a slip-and-fall accident, it is important to speak with our office for further information on your case.
Details Matter for a Slip-and-Fall Case
There are two specific ways to prove liability for a slip-and-fall case. You have to show that the property owner was negligent and created an unsafe environment that caused your injuries. You will also have to prove that due to these unsafe conditions, you fell.
There are a few ways that a property owner can be shown to be negligent. The first, and most obvious, is that they created an unsafe environment by spilling, leaving something out, wearing down the surface, or otherwise making the surface dangerous. Another way is to prove the owner of the property may have known about the unsafe conditions and didn’t do anything to clean or clear the area up.
Although these things are not going to be the first thing on your mind after suffering a slip-and-fall accident in Florida, it is imperative that you document as much as you can on the incident. This helps to prove the liability of the property owner.
Speak with Us About Your Case
Every case is different, and you should speak with our attorneys here to find out what you should do next. It is important you file your claim as soon as possible. Our lawyers at Lopez & Humphries, PA can help. Give us a call at 863-709-8500 to schedule a free consultation to speak with us today.