Slip and falls are some of the most common personal injuries in Florida. Claims made for slip and fall injuries are commonly categorized as “premise liability” claims, meaning that they usually occur on property owned by someone else, in which the owner may be responsible for the incident. Some of the most common slip and fall injuries are due to wet surfaces, poor lighting, a flight of stairs or even objects in one’s walking path. The Berman Law Group and its Florida slip and fall attorneys can help you succeed if you ever find yourself in the middle of a slip and fall accident. Keep reading to learn what to do if you slip and fall on someone’s property.
Document Any and All Evidence
Make sure to document sufficient evidence of the scene from your slip and fall. This includes any and all dangerous conditions and whatever physical proof of your injuries may exist. Also, remember to keep copies of any medical records that you acquired from going to either the emergency room or visiting a doctor. Make sure to also get the names and contact information from any witnesses that were there at the time of your accident.
Seek Medical Attention
It’s important that you seek immediate medical care that is appropriate for the extent of your injuries. It is possible that any injuries may not appear or worsen until several days – or even weeks – after your slip and fall. Keep any copies of papers or records of where you were treated. Keep all the receipts you have for any expenses you paid out-of-pocket that were needed because of your slip and fall, such as medications.
Prove Fault and Dangerous Conditions
With most slip and fall cases, the person who was injured on someone else’s property usually has to provide evidence that the accident was caused by a dangerous condition. The property owner must also have known about that dangerous condition, and it should present an unreasonable risk to a person on the property. A dangerous condition should also be one that you would not have been aware of otherwise, implying that people should be wary of obvious dangers.
To properly verify that the owner of the property you were injured on was aware of the dangerous condition, the following must be proven:
- The owner of the property created the dangerous condition.
- The owner was aware of the condition and was negligent in fixing it.
- The dangerous condition was around long enough to where the property owner should have noticed it and fixed it before the slip and fall incident.
Hiring a Personal Injury Attorney
When you file a claim after suffering a slip and fall injury on someone else’s property, you need to seek proper legal help from an experienced and passionate personal injury attorney. The Berman Law Group’s dedicated Florida slip and fall attorneys will be able to help you with every single aspect of your slip and fall case, from beginning to end. Contact us today at (800)375-5555 for a free consultation.