Orlando Slip and Fall Lawyers
Slip, Trip, and Fall Accidents in Florida
Slip and fall accidents are among the leading causes of injuries in the United States. While many people think of slipping, tripping, or falling as something insignificant, the reality is that falls lead to millions of injuries—including catastrophic injuries like brain injuries, serious fractures, and neck and back injuries—every year in the United States. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), about 20% of falls (one in five) leads to serious injury.
If you were injured in a slip and fall accident, you already know how serious these accidents can be. You may be facing massive medical bills, weeks or months off work, and other significant hardships. At NeJame Law, our team has the skills, experience, and resources to help.
If you were injured due to unsafe property conditions on public or private property, you could have grounds for a claim against the property owner or another liable party. Under Florida premises liability law, you can hold negligent property owners accountable and seek fair compensation for your damages.
Continue reading to learn more or call us at (407) 500-0000 to discuss your case with a member of our team at no cost and no obligation to you.
Slip and Fall Accidents: Common Causes
The causes of slip and fall accidents vary greatly, from improperly placed mats or rugs to hidden drop-offs or potholes. Other common slip and fall injuries occur in grocery stores or businesses that fail to maintain their property in a reasonably safe manner, by leaving water spills on the floor or not cleaning up materials left on the ground for someone to slip or trip over. This failure to keep property safe for the public is a direct violation of Florida law. Therefore, when people get hurt on their poorly maintained property, the owners of that property are held liable.
Be it an injury stemming from a negligently maintained sidewalk, a foreign object or liquid on the floor of a business establishment, open or hidden hazards in construction areas, or any other type of injury wherein the unsuspecting victim falls prey to another's negligence, an experienced Orlando slip and fall lawyer from NeJame Law will aggressively investigate and litigate your claim.
How Do You Prove a Slip and Fall Case?
As in all personal injury cases, the person bringing the claim (known as the “plaintiff”) has the burden of proof in proving a slip and fall case. In other words, it is your responsibility to prove that you have a case against the property owner or another liable party.
To prove a slip and fall case, you must prove several important elements:
- You were injured on the defendant’s property
- You suffered measurable damages due to your injury/the accident
- You were lawfully on the property when the injury happened
- You were not negligent/did not cause the injury yourself
- You were injured by a dangerous or defective condition that existed on the property
- The property owner knew about or reasonably should have known about the condition
- The property owner failed to take reasonable measures to maintain the property, remove or repair the dangerous condition, or warn potential visitors about it
Depending on your visitor status when the accident occurred, the property owner may be liable if you were injured due to an unsafe condition on the property. However, you will have to prove that the property owner knew about the condition (or should have known about the condition) yet did nothing to rectify it and ensure the safety of visitors. Note that if you are found to have been trespassing on private property when the accident occurred, the property owner owes you a very minimal duty of care; they are only prohibited from causing intentional injury or willful/wanton harm.
Our slip and fall lawyers in Orlando can review the facts of your case during a free initial consultation and provide our professional advice regarding your next steps. If we believe you have a case, we will immediately begin an investigation into what happened, including what factors caused your injury and who is liable.
Statute of Limitations on a Slip and Fall in Florida
In Florida, slip and fall claims fall under standard personal injury statutes. This means there is a four-year statute of limitations on slip, trip, and fall cases. You must file your lawsuit within four years of the date of the accident or you will almost certainly lose your right to file a claim and seek compensation for your injuries.
The sooner you reach out to NeJame Law, the sooner our Orlando slip and fall attorneys can begin building your case and fighting for the fair recovery you are owed. Over time, evidence can be lost and memories of the accident can fade; we encourage you to get in touch with our team as soon as possible after the accident.
Damages That Can be Recovered from a Slip and Fall Accident
After a slip and fall accident, you should be focused on your physical recovery, including getting the critical medical care you need. You should not have to worry about how you are going to pay your medical bills and manage your day-to-day expenses while you are out of work. Unfortunately, these hardships are often the reality for slip and fall victims, but when you work with NeJame Law, you can count on us to fight for the maximum compensation you deserve.
Depending on the specific details of your case, you may be able to recover for the following damages after a slip and fall accident:
- All current and future medical expenses, including costs associated with hospitalization, various treatments, rehabilitation, medications, and medical equipment
- All current and future lost wages, income, and other employment benefits, such as 401(k) contributions and pensions
- Lost or reduced earning capacity due to disability or impairment resulting from your slip and fall-related injuries
- Pain and suffering, including physical pain, emotional distress, trauma, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), anxiety, depression, and more
- Miscellaneous expenses associated with your injuries, such as counseling or therapy costs, in-home assistance and care expenses, and more
Our award-winning slip and fall lawyers in Orlando are ready to answer your questions and provide the personalized guidance you need to move forward. We bring decades of legal experience to every case and have earned a reputation for aggressive client advocacy. Our approach has helped us secure numerous favorable results for our clients, including noteworthy settlements and verdicts.
Contact Us Today for Your Free Consultation
If you were injured in a slip and fall accident or if your loved one died after a serious fall, turn to NeJame Law for the compassionate and aggressive representation you deserve. We have helped victims of serious slip and falls on all types of properties, including private residences, apartment complexes, restaurants, hospitals, grocery stores, retailers, malls, parking lots, public parks, government buildings, and more. We provide our legal services on a contingency fee basis, meaning you do not owe any upfront or out-of-pocket expenses when you work with our team. Instead, our attorneys only recover fees if they successfully obtain compensation for you.