Slip & Falls

Slip & Falls

Receiving Compensation for Your Slip and Fall Injury

If you slip and fall on public or private property, you may face a long recovery process. Even if your prognosis is good, you may have long-term complications that make completing everyday tasks incredibly difficult. Accordingly, you should never take a slip or fall lightly. Instead, you must seek medical advice for any slip and fall injuries you suffer. In Florida, you only have four years from the date of your injury to file a personal injury claim. You must realize, however, that the recovery process can be both time-consuming and expensive. Put simply, time may pass faster than you realize. A skilled Miami personal injury attorney can help you explore your legal options. He or she can also likely work with insurance companies, property owners and others to boost your odds of receiving reasonable compensation for your slip and fall injury.

Property Owner Negligence

To compel a property owner to pay for your slip and fall injuries, you must show that the property owner bears responsibility for your fall. Usually, owners have a responsibility to keep their properties safe for customers, guests, vendors and others. To show negligence, though, you likely must prove at least one of the following:

• The property owner caused the hazard that made you slip and fall
• The property owner knew about the tripping or slipping hazard and did nothing to rectify it
• The property owner should have reasonably known that a tripping or slipping hazard existed

Your Comparative Fault

Slip and fall injuries can be expensive for property owners. Accordingly, many owners seek to argue that the individual who sustained the injury was at least partly to blame. Therefore, before proceeding with your cause of action, you may want to consider your own potential fault. For slips and falls in the Sunshine State, judges follow the comparative negligence rule. Pursuant to this rule, if you are somewhat to blame for your injuries, you can only recover a percentage of your actual damages. For example, if you are 20% responsible and have $100,000 in damages, the law limits your recovery to $80,000.

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How Seltzer Mayberg, LLC Can Assist You

Injuries from a slip and fall can be extraordinarily painful. Managing health care providers, medical bills and the recovery process while coping with pain can be tremendously difficult. Fortunately, you do not have to go it alone. At Seltzer Mayberg, LLC, we help injured individuals throughout South Florida. Our experienced attorneys can analyze your case and advise you on how to proceed.

We have extensive experience with slip and fall cases, negligence and comparative fault. Instead of leaving your injury claim to chance, call us today at 305-444-1565, or text one of our attorneys directly from our page. We are available 24/7 to help.

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