Slapstick Comedy Aside, Slipping and Falling Can Cause Serious Injury
Every slip and fall accident has a unique set of circumstances which will determine what actions you can take following the incident. Two primary factors to consider before filing a civil a suit are negligence factors and the actual physical harm you suffered and can prove. Florida is a pure comparative fault state, so negligence will be appropriated between the plaintiff and the defendant by how much fault each party contributed. Therefore, filing a slip and fall suit in Jacksonville, FL where the plaintiff ends up only 10% responsible, the defendant will be awarded only 10% of total damages.
A slip and fall accident can take place anywhere, especially if the area is not well maintained and/or has specific areas of danger that are not properly marked. Hazards in public areas such as cracked sidewalks, poor street lighting and unmarked work sites can result in injuries for which the victim has ground to sue. Proving negligence may also be possible for injuries sustained on private property such as at a poorly maintained construction site or resulting from known hazards in another person’s home.
If you were injured in a slip and fall, make sure to document the evidence. Take photographs of the site of the incident and the surrounding area, collect medical files related to the accident and if there are witnesses, get their information as well. This type of incident can result in broken bones, concussion, lacerations and contusions. If your injuries were caused by some else’s negligence, you have the right to sue for compensation for the pain you suffered. You may be able to recover medical costs, lost wages and physical therapy costs that were incurred.
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