Slip and Falls – be careful where you walk!

If you slipped and fell and were injured as a result and the reason you fell was due to someone else’s negligence, you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries. It is the responsibility of the retail store, business, or house owner to ensure the safety of anyone who enters the premises. It is also fairly common in a fall case to have a City or other governmental entity held accountable if your fall accident happened in a public place such as a park or jogging path as the law states that the government is also responsible for the upkeep of public parks, jogging paths, etc.

There are many different types of injuries that can be caused by falling:  bruises, broken bones, spinal injuries, head injuries, and even death. These injuries are commonly caused by slipping and falling on slippery or sticky floors, uneven floors, roads and sidewalks, unmarked steps and poor lighting. Slip and falls can happen anywhere:  in a house, a restaurant, grocery store, bar, shopping mall, retail store, theme park, street and sidewalk, and airports.

In the State of Florida, a lawsuit arising from a slip and fall has to be filed within 4 years of the date of the fall. In cases involving the government, however, there are strict rules one must follow in Florida. Therefore, do not wait if you wish to pursue and case you should contact a Florida injury lawyer soon after the fall.

In many cases the defendant who caused the slip and fall will try to argue that you were also negligent. This is called Comparative Negligence. Many times they will argue you should have been watching where you were going, you should have seen the hole in the ground, you should have walked around the danger, etc. This does not mean you do not have a case it simply means that a jury will someday assign blame for the fall between the defendant who caused you to fall and then they will be asked to determine if you did anything wrong that contributed to your fall.

If you are involved in a slip and fall accident, it is prudent to seek the advice of a personal injury lawyer who has extensive experience in this field. These types of claims can be very complex and handling the case on your own may not be a good idea. Also, the personal injury lawyer will also be able to maximize the compensation to which you are entitled as a result of the slip and fall.

It is also smart to talk to a personal injury attorney soon after your fall so that physical evidence to support your case may be gathered and preserved. For example, soon after your fall the government may go to the scene and fix the defect before pictures and measurements are taken of the scene.

If you have any questions about your slip and all case, feel free to call us at 561-266-9191 or email us at

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