Slip and Fall

Every year thousands of people suffer injuries from slip and fall accidents. The injuries from these kinds of accidents can range from minor cuts and scrapes to more serious damages. Here are few examples of injuries that may be suffered because of a slip and fall accident:

  • Cuts or puncher wounds
  • Sprains and strains
  • Concussion or other head injury
  • Fractured (broken) bones
  • Damage to spinal cord or back

Slippery; Uneven Surface or Unmarked Hazards

Any slippery or uneven surface can be a potentially dangerous hazard and lead to a slip and fall accident. Many of these accidents occur in areas like boat decks or on slick, icy surfaces where it is hard to see the possible danger before it is too late. Some of the places where slip and fall injuries might happen are:

  • Wet floors
  • Floors with loss material
  • Uneven walk paths
  • Stairs or street curbs
  • Unmarked hazards can also cause slip and fall accidents and cause serious injuries because of the property owner’s negligence.

Proving Fault

Not all slip and fall accidents warrant legal action or can be proven the result of someone else’s negligence. It can be challenging to prove that the property owner is at fault for the injury, but there are some basic guidelines that can help you determine who is at fault. If the property owner caused the area to be unsafe or if he/she knew about the possibly dangerous area on his/her property and should have fixed or marked the area then he/she may be at fault.

Time Limits for Filing a Claim

There are regulations established in each state on how long you have after the date of a personal injury to file a claim. In the state of Florida, cases must be filed within the first four years after the slip and fall accident that caused the personal injury. Four years may seem like plenty of time to file, but the sooner you file the better.