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Thomas DeLattre and Glen D. Wieland

Understanding slip-and-fall injuries

On Behalf of | Aug 18, 2023 | Personal Injury |

As people go about their daily activities, they may not think about what could happen if they slip and fall. However, slip-and-fall accidents can cause serious physical injuries and financial harm.

Slip-and-fall injuries

Slip-and-fall injuries can happen in supermarkets, on uneven sidewalks, at swimming pools and on icy roads, among other places.

The victim can suffer broken bones, fractures, back injuries and head injuries in serious situations. Sometimes, this can require hospitalization. In a minor fall, they may experience cuts and bruises.

Pursuing compensation

In Florida, slip-and-fall victims can pursue a claim for compensation for damages that were caused by another party’s negligence or wrongful act. In a slip and fall, this may be the owner of a building or the person responsible for maintaining a property, for example.

The victim must prove that the defendant owed them a duty of care and that they did not meet their responsibility, meaning that they did not act reasonably and as a result, the victim was harmed.

The next element they must prove is causation, meaning that the defendant’s negligence caused the harm. Finally, the victim must show that they suffered damages such as lost wages, medical expenses and pain and suffering.

It’s important for the victim to file their claim within the statute of limitations or they may lose their right to file. If a person who has been injured in a slip and fall needs assistance to seek compensation, there is help available. They can get the advice that they need to go through the legal process.

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